As a family caregiver to an elderly parent, it may be your job to ensure your parent is eating a healthy diet. You might be the one who plans weekly meals and snacks—a job that can get tedious. Coming up with new ideas that your parent will enjoy and that will meet nutritional needs can be tough.
If you spend any time on social media sites like Pinterest, you may have seen one of the latest trends in health food – sweet potato toast. Sweet potato toast could be a great addition to your elderly parent’s weekly menu, and not just because it’s trendy!
Elderly Care Seal Beach CA – Why Your Parent Should Try Sweet Potato Toast
The Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are considered one of the most nutritious vegetables you can serve. One medium-sized sweet potato has 400 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A. They are also packed with fiber and potassium. Overall, they have more nutritional value and fewer calories than regular white potatoes.
Experts believe that sweet potatoes can even help with some medical conditions. Even though sweet potatoes contain more sugar than white potatoes, they are still considered a good food for diabetics. They rank fairly low on the glycemic index scale. Research suggests that they may actually help keep blood sugar levels more stable. They might also help lower blood pressure since they contain a great deal of potassium.
How to Make Sweet Potato ToastMaking sweet potato toast is simple, just follow these steps:
Scrub the sweet potato, but don’t peel it.
Slice it into ¼ inch slices.
Poke each slice several times with a fork.
Cook them in the microwave for about 3 minutes, flipping them at the halfway point.
Cook them in the toaster at the highest setting until they are easily pierced with a fork or bake them in the oven at 450 degrees until tender.
One of the great things about sweet potato toast is that it is extremely versatile. Your elderly parent can top it with almost anything. Depending on the toppings, it could be eaten at any meal or as a snack. Here are some topping ideas:
Mashed avocado and fried eggs.
Peanut butter and bananas.
Avocado, cucumber, smoked salmon, and a poached egg.
Cashew butter, honey, and cornflakes.
The possibility for toppings are endless. Try putting some of your elderly parent’s favorite foods on slices of sweet potato toast and see which ones work. Or, don’t top the toast at all—sprinkle them with a little salt and just let your parent enjoy them as a sweet and nutritious snack.
Belina Calderon-Nernberg is the CEO and founder of 1Heart Caregiver Services. Recently offering 1Heart franchise business opportunities to the public, Belina provided the vision, leadership, and direction that the company needed to achieve its goal of making a positive difference in the homecare industry. As her greatest accomplishment, the company is now equipped with the expertise to expand its business operations to different States in the U.S. Belina brings with her a corporate experience of 25 years, with 15 solid years of experience as CEO of an employment agency and a senior care service company in Southern California. Belina has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of St. La Salle, Philippines. She has been the recipient of several awards given to emerging leaders in business, community service, arts, and entertainment. She has also been honored as an Ambassador of Goodwill by the HiFi (Historic Filipinotown) Neighborhood Council. This title is bestowed to carefully selected Filipino-Americans who are persons of integrity who have the ability “to promote, reach out, influence and mobilize public interest and support of the ideals, values, principles, and programs of the Historic Filipinotown.