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Celebrating the Season: Heart-Healthy Holiday Dishes for Seniors


December 20, 2023 • Fenny Peiffer

Free photo Christmas table served with a turkey, decorated with bright tinsel and candles

The holiday season is upon us, a time for joy, connection, and of course, feasting on delicious meals. However, for seniors with health considerations, holiday dishes can often be a tricky path to navigate. But worry not! This year, we’re celebrating the season with heart-healthy holiday dishes designed especially for seniors.

Traditional holiday dishes are often high in sodium and saturated fats, which aren’t ideal for heart health. So, our focus will be on creating meals that are not only mouth-watering but also heart-friendly. Let’s explore a few options that you can incorporate into your holiday meals this season.

 

Herb-Roasted Turkey

Christmas table served with herb roasted turkey decorated with bright tinsel candles

Swap out the traditional ham, which can be high in sodium, for a succulent herb-roasted turkey. Season with a blend of fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme, and olive oil, skipping the salt. This will not only add a burst of flavor but also make the dish heart-healthy.

Easy Herb-Roasted Turkey Recipe | allrecipes.com

 

Baked Salmon with Dill Cream Sauce

Another delicious and nutritious option is baked salmon, rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are beneficial for heart health. Serve it with a light dill cream sauce made from low-fat yogurt instead of heavy cream. You can also add a side of roasted vegetables for some extra nutrients and fiber.

Baked Salmon with Lemon Dill Sauce | Laughing Spatula

 

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

For a vegetarian option, try quinoa stuffed bell peppers. Quinoa is high in protein and a good source of fiber, making it an excellent alternative to traditional stuffing. Mix in seasonal vegetables like mushrooms, onions, and cranberries for added flavor and nutrition.

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers | FeelGoodFoodie

 

Roasted Root Vegetables

A medley of root vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets roasted with olive oil, garlic, and herbs offers a delicious and nutritious alternative to regular mashed potatoes.

Roasted Root Vegetables | The Kitchn

Berry Compote Parfait for Dessert

Picture of jars with different berries over a white background

Layer Greek yogurt, a low-sugar homemade berry compote, and a sprinkle of granola for a dessert that is sweet, satisfying, and heart-friendly.

Berry Compote Parfait | Love From The Oven

Remember, the holiday season is about enjoyment. With these heart-healthy dishes, seniors can partake in the holiday feast, relishing the flavors of the season without putting their heart health at risk. Happy holidays and bon appétit!

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