Elder Care in Katy TX
September is the month to take the jump and switch from processed grains to whole grains. You would be joining a growing number of Americans who are discovering the health benefits of eating whole grains.
After all, isn’t that the way nature intended? It seems so artificial to pick and choose which nutrients to leave in and which to take out. Doesn’t it make sense to leave in all the nutrients so our bodies can utilize all that they need? This is the idea behind whole grains month.
The first thing we think of when it comes to whole grains is switching from white flour to whole wheat flour, from white bread to whole grain bread. Dieters have found one of the great benefits in doing this is whole grains are more filling. You don’t have to eat as much to feel satisfied.
The second switch that comes to mind is moving from white rice to brown rice. White rice is simply brown rice with the bran removed. The bran contains most of the fiber and we all know fiber is healthy and most people need to consume more of it. The biggest difference you will notice is the increased cooking time when switching to brown rice so just keep that in mind.
Another way you can switch to whole grains is by letting go of pre-sweetened processed breakfast cereals and start cooking oatmeal, cracked wheat, quinoa, and other whole grains for your morning bowls of hot cooked cereal. Many breakfast cereal is highly processed, has had the bran removed and is loaded with added sugar.
You want your elderly loved one to eat nutritious food and to enjoy health as long as possible. If they are struggling to prepare meals for themselves every day and you just can’t leave your job or your family to give them all the help they need, consider hiring elderly home care. A trained and loving caregiver can come in to your parent’s home several hours each day to help with meal preparation and other things they may need assistance with.
Fruit and Wheat Salad
- ¾ cup water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup bulgur
- ½ cup diced dried apricots
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- ½ cup grated carrots
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt, to taste
- ½ cup toasted chopped pecans
- ½ cup toasted sunflower seeds
1. Using water and salt, bring to a boil and cook bulgur for 1 minute. Remove from heat, cover and let rest 20 minutes. Uncover the pan. If water hasn’t been absorbed, bring back to boil and cook until no longer soupy. Stir in dried fruits and set aside to cool.
2. Stir together all of the dressing ingredients. Stir dressing into the bulgur wheat mixture and add sesame seeds and grated carrots.
3. Refrigerate several hours. Just before serving stir in toasted pecans and sunflower seeds.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Katy Texas, call the caring staff at New Frontier Home Care (832) 664-7394. We will answer all of your questions and help with all of your elder care needs.
Gary completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management on a full-ride scholarship at North Dakota State University. He returned back to his hometown of Houston & joined the Houston Police Department, putting his life on the line to keep others safe. Currently Gary stays involved with the police force through monthly volunteer work, but his main priority is New Frontier Home Care, where he serves as Marketing Director.
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