The holidays are a festive time of year, often full of delicious meals and treats. However, if you care for a senior loved one or are hosting this year’s family celebrations, it’s important to keep your aging family members’ dietary needs in mind when preparing lunch or dinner. Many seniors need to watch their diet and eat foods that are high in protein, low in fat, and low in cholesterol. For those who want to provide healthy offerings, but still want to make dishes that are flavorful check out our Naples Home Care Assistance’s recipe for grilled chicken caprese salad that a great way to start your holiday meal.
What You’ll Need:
1-2 red bell peppers chopped into pieces
1 ½ cup mozzarella cheese (fresh slices)
1 pound of all natural, no antibiotics, chicken breasts cut in small pieces
12 oz. romaine lettuce
1 ½ cups balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
A dash of salt and pepper
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of parmesan cheese
Put 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a pan along with about a tablespoon of balsamic vinaigrette. Place the bell pepper and uncooked chicken in the pan and grill with the balsamic vinaigrette until the red pepper is softened and the chicken is cooked evenly. Make sure to salt and pepper your chicken as soon as you put it in the pan to cook. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
While the chicken is being cooked, have your romaine lettuce cleaned, chopped up, and place it into a large bowl. Slice up your mozzarella cheese into small size pieces and set aside. Once you have everything chopped up and the chicken and peppers are cooked, pour all of the chicken and peppers on top of your romaine lettuce. Then add your mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Mix all ingredients and serve.
Health Benefits for Seniors & Older Adults
This recipe is not only beautiful but has a ton of flavor, and all of the protein, vitamins, and antioxidants that your aging loved one needs. The romaine lettuce alone has plenty of fiber, which can help to aid in digestion, as well as folic acid, and vitamins C and E. Red bell peppers are a great source of B vitamins which are essential for the health of the nervous system, and minerals like zinc and potassium. Red bell peppers also contain enzymes such as lutein that protect the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration later in life.
If you are a family caregiver and are concerned about managing your care responsibilities with the holiday season, learn more about respite care from Home Care Assistance of Naples. We offer flexible hourly and live-in home care in Naples, providing your aging loved one with the individual care and attention they need, so you can take a break and tend to your own needs or other holiday obligations. To request free information or a complimentary consultation, reach out to a friendly Care Manager at 239-449-4701 today.