What Foods Are Celebrated During September?

Each month, there’s a national and international list of monthly celebrations. For September, several foods are celebrated. Now is a great time to mix up the diet and try something new or come up with a new recipe for a familiar item. Join your mom and dad for new and exciting meals this month.

Elder Care in Lowell MI: Foods Celebrated in September

Elder Care in Lowell MI: Foods Celebrated in September

Blueberry Popsicles.

Skip blueberry popsicles that are high in sugar and contain artificial flavoring. You can make blueberry popsicles at home. Buy frozen berries, mix in some fruit juice or nut milk, and puree in a blender. Pour this mixture into popsicle trays for quick popsicles that don’t have added sugar and are packed with antioxidants and fiber.

Honey.

Celebrate National Honey Month with a jar of the sweet nectar. Spread on toast, added to tea or coffee, or mixed into oatmeal, honey has some benefits that often get overlooked. The carbohydrates in honey come from natural sources – nectar and a bee’s hard work. One tablespoon contains about 16 grams of sugar and some antioxidants. Some types of honey are also believed to help protect against inflammation.

Papaya.

Papaya is a tropical fruit known for its high vitamin C content. They also have vitamins B1 and B6 and folic acid. The enzymes in a papaya can help fight inflammation. Plant compounds within the fruit can help prevent damage caused by free radicals.

Potatoes.

Potatoes often get a bad rap for being starchy and high carb. Wash the outer skin thoroughly and remove any eyes or bad spots. Poke with a fork a few times and bake them in the oven. The skin on a baked potato is rich in fiber and minerals. They’re also high in vitamin B6.

Rice.

When choosing a rice, aim for brown rice as it still has the outer coating that is so high in fiber. It’s not the only type to focus on. Black rice, also called forbidden rice, has fewer calories than brown rice. It’s high in antioxidants and fiber. Black rice also contains higher levels of protein than brown rice.

Whole Grains.

Whole grains include grains like cracked wheat, farro, barley, quinoa, and oats. They’re all high in fiber and help protect against constipation and high cholesterol. Grains are also high in B vitamins and some antioxidants.

Enlist a caregiver to help with meal preparation and meal times. Many seniors don’t eat much because they don’t have someone to eat dinner with. They don’t like cooking. They miss the socialization. Caregivers hired to cover basic elder care needs can cook meals and join your parent for dinner.

If you or someone you know needs help with elder care in Lowell, MI, contact Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services in our community. Call us at (616) 258-2300 for more information.

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.
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