Caregiver: Healthy Canned Food Seniors Should Keep In The Cupboard

Caregiver in Yuba City CA: February is National Canned Food Month.

It’s a great reminder that canned food is something all seniors should keep on hand. Many seniors have trouble shopping frequently, so keeping canned vegetables and dried foods on hand will ensure that your senior loved one always has nutritious food in the house. During the winter especially seniors should keep a stockpile of canned food in case bad weather prevents them from getting out to the store. Having a caregiver on hand to help with this is a good idea.

 

Caregiver in Yuba City CA: Canned Food Month

Caregiver in Yuba City CA: Canned Food Month

 

 

When your senior loved one is stocking up the pantry or getting help from a senior home care provider to make sure that the pantry is full tell them to make sure they have plenty of these canned foods:

Canned Meats

Canned meats are a fantastic way for seniors to always have a delicious protein in the house. Canned meats are highly nutritious, especially canned fish like tuna or salmon. And these meats won’t go bad for a very long time. They’re also easy to prepare and they can be eaten by themselves or tossed into salads, soups, or sauces to create a one-pot meal.

Canned Chickpeas And Beans 

Canned chickpeas and cans of beans are also staples that should be in every pantry. Chickpeas are incredibly versatile. They’re also soft and easy for seniors to eat. Chickpeas can be tossed into salads, roasted in the oven to make a crunchy snack, or mashed with lemon juice and tahini to become a tasty hummus dip for vegetables. Beans in general are a good source of protein as well as vitamins and minerals.

Canned Fruits

No pantry stock-up is complete without replenishing all the canned fruits that your senior loved one should have. Just remind your senior loved one to buy canned fruit that is packed in water and not in syrup. The fruit is sweet enough that it doesn’t need the sugary syrup, and seniors who have diabetes or other health challenges don’t need it either. You can also make a list of canned fruits and other canned foods and have a senior home care provider make sure that your senior loved one has all of them in the cupboard. Canned fruit can be eaten plain for dessert or a snack, mixed with yogurt, put on oatmeal, added to smoothies, or poured on top of ice cream.

Caregiver: Canned Vegetables

Canned vegetables are a great way for seniors to get the vitamins and minerals they need when they can’t access fresh vegetables or can’t do the prep work for vegetables like washing and chopping. Most seniors don’t get enough leafy green vegetables, which are packed with nutrients that seniors need. Canned vegetables added to salads, eaten with eggs, or used to make simple one-pot dishes will give your senior loved one the nutrition they need. If your senior loved one has poor grip strength or can’t turn a can opener with their hands look for a can opener designed for seniors that will make it easy for your senior loved one to open canned foods.

 

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