Caregiver Nutrition: World Pistachio Day!February 17, 2016
Caregivers in Bronx NY
As a caregiver you are always thinking about the nutrition and health needs of your aging loved ones and wondering what foods you should give them in order to meet their nutritional needs while also keeping their diets interesting, varied, and satisfying. What if you could give your seniors a snack that they could eat nearly 50 of in a serving without overdoing it on calories and giving them protein, dietary fiber, healthy fats, and vitamins? You can with pistachios.
February 26 is World Pistachio Day, the ideal opportunity for you to find out more about the amazing health benefits of these tasty little nuts and finding creative ways that you can integrate them into your caregiver journey with your seniors.
According to the American Pistachio Growers, some of the health benefits of eating more pistachios include:
Lower mortality risk. Studies have indicated that people who consume three or more servings of healthy nuts such as pistachios each week have up to 39 percent lower risk of mortality
Blood sugar management. Controlling blood sugar can be a daily struggle, but adding pistachios to your parents’ diet can make it much easier. Recent research has indicated that eating pistachios in combination with carbohydrate-rich foods such as pasta and rice actually reduced the blood sugar response, helping the person to control his blood sugar more effectively
Exercise recovery. Getting active is an essential part of health, but you must make sure that you give your body what it needs to recover after exercising. Pistachios are a fantastic snack, supplying protein, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats without a high calorie count
Heart health. Pistachios have the prestigious qualification of being certified by the American Heart Association as meeting the criteria for being a heart-healthy food. These delicious little morsels contain beneficial fats that support cardiovascular health as well as antioxidants, polyphenols, and carotenoids that help the heart stay healthy and function efficiently.
Try some of these delicious ways to use pistachios to boost the nutrition in your parents’ diet
Right out of the bag. Grab a bag of pistachios and enjoy them with your parents just as they are. Cracking them out of their shells is fun and a great opportunity to have a conversation with them while also acting as mental stimulation and fine motor skill exercise
Pesto. Put a rich twist on traditional pesto by replacing the pine nuts with pistachios. The result is delicious on pasta, spread on sandwiches, or used as a dip
Chicken salad. Give your chicken salad extra crunch, flavor, and protein by adding in some chopped pistachios. For an even more special experience, add in chopped apples as well
Pistachio pie. Everyone loves pecan pie around the holidays. Enjoy the same type of experience but with a lighter, sweeter finish that is perfect for the entire year by using pistachios instead of pecans. Add some extra finely-chopped pistachios into the crust to put this tasty dessert over the top.
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Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.