Cooking for seniors who are on a low-fat diet isn’t as hard as you might think. Start with the oils you use for dressings, sauteed meats, and roasted or sauteed vegetables. There are healthier options available that have medium-high to high smoke points (temperature it can reach before it smokes) that are better choices.
When choosing an oil to use for low-fat cooking, look for an oil that is high in unsaturated fats. You want monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fatty acids. They help boost good cholesterol levels and may help lower the risk of heart disease. You need to avoid saturated fats.
With a mix of 65 percent monounsaturated and 28 percent polyunsaturated fats, almond oil is one of the best oils around. It brings a nutty essence to dressings. It’s also good tossed with fresh herbs and roasted vegetables.
Grapeseed oil has an extremely high level of polyunsaturated fats at 73 percent. It’s also high in omega-6 fatty acids, which is beneficial for a senior’s bones and skin health. It doesn’t have as high a smoke point as other oils, but it can withstand medium-high heat settings without burning.
Pressed from hazelnuts, hazelnut oil’s monounsaturated fat level is more than 80 percent. It’s also very low in saturated fat. It has a rich nutty flavor and a very high smoke point. Coating a piece of fish or a chicken breast in crushed hazelnuts and then sauteing in a small amount of hazelnut oil is a quick and easy dinner idea.
Olive oil is another oil that’s very high in monounsaturated fats. It does have a slightly higher saturated fat content at almost 15 percent, but it’s still considered a healthier choice. A lighter color will give you a higher smoke point. Use in place of butter on fresh bread.
When it comes to fat breakdown, sunflower and olive oil are very similar. Sunflower has a slightly higher percentage of monounsaturated fats. The oil is expressed from sunflower seeds. When shopping for it, look for the term high-oleic.
Homecare aides help seniors with activities of daily living. When your mom or dad is told to follow a new diet, a homecare services provider is useful in helping to create a weekly menu, taking your parent shopping for ingredients, and preparing meals for them. With help, your mom or dad’s new diet is easily implemented.
Learn more about homecare aides and their services. Talk to our homecare agency to find pricing and scheduling ideas that fit your parent’s needs.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services near Columbia PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
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