It may be a habit for your parents to have a meal followed by a dessert. They’ve grown up with the meal and dessert. Families gathered at the table to discuss what they did during the day. Times have changed, but that change may be hard for your parents.
If they still want dessert, don’t try to talk them out of it. Instead, make healthier desserts. Here are some ways to do that.
Make Sugar-Free Sorbets
Freeze your parents’ favorite fruits. Freeze some banana chunks, too. When dessert is needed, place some banana chunks and frozen fruit into a food processor or blender. Add a small amount of a natural fruit juice that doesn’t have added sweeteners. Apple, orange, and grape juice are good choices.
Blend the frozen fruit and juice until it’s smooth and creamy. Serve that as you would fruit sorbet. Top with some fresh fruit and mint if you want to garnish it.
Dip Fruits in Dark Chocolate
Melt dark chocolate in the microwave. Don’t overheat it. You shouldn’t need more than a minute for a cup of dark chocolate chips. Add a little heavy cream, walnut oil, or coconut oil to thin it. Serve that dark chocolate dip with fresh fruit. Bananas, strawberries, apple slices, and raspberries work well.
Make Chia Seed Pudding
Make a pudding out of milk, chia seeds, and vanilla. You can use any milk. If your mom likes cashew milk use that. If your dad prefers cow’s milk, that’s fine. Mix one cup of milk to four tablespoons of chia seeds. Add a splash of vanilla. Fresh fruit, toasted nuts, cacao nibs, and a drizzle of honey or agave nectar can turn it into a dessert your parents want to have every night.
Date and Nut Bars
These don’t have added sugar, but there still is some sugar from the dates. If your parents need to watch sugar levels, make sure the portion you offer is very small.
Chop two cups of dates and put them in a saucepan. Add one cup of water and bring to a boil. Let it sit until the water is absorbed. Puree that mixture with a half cup of nut butter and a splash of vanilla. Let that sit.
Mix a cup of almond meal with an egg. Press that into the bottom of a 9-inch square pan and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Let that cool. Spread the date mixture over it. Chill it in the refrigerator. Top with a half cup of toasted chopped nuts. You can make these with almond butter and almonds, peanut butter, and peanuts, etc.
Have you noticed your parents struggle to prepare healthy meals or shop for ingredients? They don’t have to. Elder care services can help them with menu planning, grocery trips, and meal preparation. If they don’t want to eat alone, they can have their caregiver join them for lunch or dinner. Call an elder care representative to set up care services.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Elder Care in Highland, NY please contact the caring staff at JANCARE Private Health Services, Inc. today at (845) 896-5300.