The average senior adult consumes more salt than is recommended for a healthy diet. Whether a person is adding salt to make up for a declining sense of taste or they are turning to processed foods for convenience, it is important to understand that too much salt can lead to serious health problems such as high blood pressure, kidney disease and stroke. To help seniors shake the salting habit and aim for less than a teaspoon of salt a day, Home Care Assistance of Milwaukee presents four tips for enhancing meals while ensuring better long-term health.
1. Limit Convenience Foods – Many senior adults turn to convenience foods when they are fatigued or ill. Unfortunately, processed foods tend to rely on sodium as a preservative and for flavor. Seniors who are short on time and energy may benefit from a meal preparation service, or they can cook several freezer meals at home using low-salt recipes. Hiring a Milwaukee home caregiver to help with meal preparation and other household chores can be a great way to ensure nutritious, well-balanced meals are prepared.
2. Rinse Canned Goods – Keeping fresh fruits and vegetables available for snacks can also help seniors to limit their consumption of salt, however when canned foods are the only option, it is important to choose canned goods that are labeled no or low sodium. Seniors can also rinse canned goods with water before preparation which can help to lower the salt in foods that are not available in low-sodium cans.
3. Use Herbs to Enhance Flavor – Seniors who turn to salt as a way to add flavor to their food will find that there are healthier ways to prepare a delicious meal. Instead of salt, try using fresh or dried herbs to enhance the natural flavors of a meal. Lemon juice, spices such as oregano and no-salt rubs can all offer a wide array of tastes without compromising one’s health.
4. Check Menus for Low Sodium Options – Many restaurants today are recognizing the importance of senior health and including low sodium options on their menus. When dining out, be sure to inquire about these options, or ask for no extra salt to be added during the meal preparation. By choosing one’s meals carefully, it is possible to reduce salt intake while still enjoying flavorful and healthy meals.
Interested in learning more about senior nutrition? Contact Home Care Assistance, the leading Milwaukee senior care provider and see how our caregivers are helping promote health and longevity for seniors at home. Dial 414-964-8000 to speak with a Care Manager and schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.