It’s not clear why National Homemade Cookies Day was created, but it’s not hard to imagine that October 1st was chosen as the weather is cooler and more suitable for using the oven for extended periods. You’ll love getting back into the kitchen and baking.
As the family caregiver to your mom, you do worry about what you feed her. Around a quarter of Alzheimer’s patients become constipated, so you encourage foods that are high in fiber. Your mom loves sweet items, however, and cookies are at the top of her list. Have you considered making cookies that are high in fiber?
Sweeten Carrot Spice Cookies With Dates Instead of Sugar
A quarter cup of pureed Medjool dates contains 7 grams of fiber. Soak dates in water and then puree them. Use that puree in place of sugar. Use a 1:1 ratio for this substitution. If the recipe calls for a cup of sugar, use a cup of date paste.
Boil 10 dates in three-quarters of a cup of almond milk. Puree that and add it to a cup of whole wheat flour and a half cup of old-fashioned oats. Add half a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, a grated carrot, and half a cup of walnuts. Drop by spoonful for a quick, healthy carrot spice cookie that takes about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Mash Bananas to Replace the Sugar in PB Cookies
Mashed bananas are another fiber-rich sugar substitute. One mashed banana has just over 3 grams of fiber, and peanut butter in the following recipe adds even more.
Mix four mashed bananas with a cup of natural peanut butter and four cups of old-fashioned oats. Drop by spoonful and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
A medium apple contains over 5 grams of fiber. Unsweetened applesauce is a great substitute for sugar in applesauce blondies.
Mix a half cup of almond butter with a half cup of unsweetened applesauce. Stir in a quarter-cup of fiber-rich coconut flour, a quarter cup of slivered almonds, and a large apple that’s been peeled and diced. Spread that batter out into a brownie pan, sprinkle with a little demerara sugar, and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Do You Focus on Others More Than Yourself?
How often do you take time for yourself? If you’re so focused on your mom, your job, your children, your significant other, and your friends that you ignore your own needs, it’s time to change that. Alzheimer’s care aides can spend time with your mom so that you have time for self-care.
An Alzheimer’s care aide helps with personal care, meal preparation, and companionship. Your mom can go outside to work in her garden or take a walk while her aide supervises. You don’t have to worry about her wandering off or being alone when you’re away.