Caregiver in Tallahassee FL
One thing that most family caregivers quickly learn on their care journey with their aging loved ones is the importance of high quality snacks. Snacking is the best way to keep your energy up through the day as you are tackling all of your care challenges and also meeting all of your other life needs, wards off the cravings that might make you indulge in less than desirable foods, and keeps you from eating too much during meals. Snacks can also introduce a wider variety of nutrition and encourage seniors who are dealing with suppressed appetites or cognitive challenges that make it difficult to eat consistently to get in enough calories and nutrients.
Of course, not all snacking is equal. You do not want to grab for the nearest bag of chips or candy bar because you need an energy boost, but you also do not want to spend a huge amount of time during your already busy schedule trying to put together snacks to bring along with you. Finding snacking shortcuts can help you to keep your energy up and your nutrition on track while saving you time.
Some fantastic snack shortcuts for you to include in your caregiver journey include:
• Individual hummus cups. Hummus is an amazing source of nutrition, offering plant-based protein, dietary fiber, healthy fats, and vitamins. Doling out servings from a large container can lead to messy spills, portion sizes that are too large, and the risk of the rest of the container spoiling. Individual serving hummus cups offer the perfect serving size in a neat container that cannot spill until you open the lid. Toss one of those into your day bag with a baggie of raw vegetables or whole wheat crackers.
• Hardboiled eggs. Getting enough protein is key to keeping your energy up, but sometimes you just do not want to stop for a sandwich, and if you are a vegetarian or just trying to cut down on the amount of meat that you eat, it can be difficult to find quality sources of protein out and about. Hardboiled eggs are fast, easy, and stress-free to make, require no preparation to eat except for peeling, and offer a big dose of protein and vitamins with only 70 calories.
• Gelatin cups. They may seem like a sweet treat best left to children, but individual gelatin cups can actually be a snacker’s most surprising ally. If you have been struggling with your weight and do not want to add another significant source of calories to your day but are craving something sweet, a sugar free gelatin cup offers juicy flavor and a stomach-filling texture with no calories. Because they are almost all water, one of these cups is also a sneaky source of extra hydration in your day.
• Water bottles. Water is not exactly a snack, but it is something that you should always have on hand. Often when you think that you are feeling hunger pangs, it is actually thirst signals. Lack of energy is also a sign of dehydration. Try drinking half of a bottle of water when you think you need a snack and you might just find that your energy soars and your stomach stops asking for something to eat. This technique cuts down on extra calories and helps keep your body properly hydrated.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Tallahassee, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today: (FL) 850-386-5552, (GA) 229-236-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida & South Georgia