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Healthy Thanksgiving Menus for Seniors Recovering from Heart Attack or Stroke

By Melissa Hill, 9:00 am on

Seniors recovering from a heart attack or a stroke are often given dietary restrictions. With a few alterations, older adults might enjoy a healthier Thanksgiving menu prepared by Oklahoma post-stroke caregivers

Fruit Kabobs

This makes a tasty seasonal appetizer. Simply peel, quarter and slice one kiwi. Slice one banana into one-inch pieces. Core and cut one apple into bite-sized chunks. Open one small can of mandarin oranges and save the juice. Toss the fruit chunks and slices in the orange juice. Using wooden skewers, create 16 kabobs. When made in advance, put the kabobs into a baking dish and top with the orange juice. Remove the kabobs to a platter when ready to serve. 

Herb Roasted Turkey

Combine five tablespoons of olive oil with chopped parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme and finely chopped garlic. Using your fingers, loosen the skin around the breast and the thighs. Insert the herb mixture. Rub a little salt and pepper in the cavity. Put one quart of apple cider in the roasting pan, add the turkey and bake as directed. 

Glazed Acorn Squash 

• 2 medium-sized acorn squashes
• ¼ teaspoon of orange zest
• ¼ cup of orange juice 
• 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
• ½ teaspoon of dried ginger

Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds. Position squash halves upright in a baking dish. Pour 1/8 inch of water around the squash. Combine the remaining ingredients and add one tablespoon of the orange seasoning to each half. Brush the sauce across the flesh. Cover with foil and bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, baste, and bake uncovered for an additional 10 minutes.

Low-Calorie Mashed Potatoes

Save the water in which the potatoes were cooked and use it to mash instead of butter and milk. Other heart-healthy alternatives for your loved one’s potatoes include low-fat sour cream and chives. You can also use salt and pepper, but go easy with it.

Seasoned Green Beans

Combine two tablespoons of Dijon mustard and four teaspoons of lemon juice. Toss with one pound of cooked green beans for a more flavorful side dish with your loved one’s Thanksgiving meal. 

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Coat a pie pan with non-stick cooking spray. Prepare the pumpkin mixture using honey or maple syrup instead of sugar. Pour the mixture into the pie plate and top with chopped pecans. Bake as normal and serve alone or with low-fat whipped cream. 

Seniors deserve to have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving with their families, especially after a heart attack or stroke. To help your loved one recover quickly and efficiently, turn to Home Care Assistance of Oklahoma. We provide reliable in-home care Oklahoma seniors need to manage daily tasks without losing their dignity or independence. Call 405-285-4191 today for a free consultation.