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Tips for Nutrition While Taking Care of a Loved One

Food is a source of comfort when the stress of caregiving hits close to home. Having an arsenal of healthy options to combat not-so-healthy cravings can be a great tool in keeping your energy and health in check.

Fresh food full of bold colors is a great source of rich nutrition. You can prep meals like these ahead of time and bring them on the go.

Think Fast

When you are on the go and need a quick pick me up, it can be tempting to go for fast foods. Most of the time that means an unhealthy choice. The best weapon in this situation? Preparation.

Have healthy staples in your fridge packaged up and ready to go. Some examples include cut up vegetables, fruit, nuts and grilled chicken breast. Doing this prep makes it easy to grab and go!

Slow Down and Slow Cook

A slow cooker is great for easy meals and can save lots of time in the kitchen. But, you need to be careful. Many slow cooker recipes are full of processed foods that are high in sodium.

It’s best to use fresh whole ingredients and low sodium broths. Let the slow cooker do the work and reap the benefits of a healthy meal that leaves you feeling healthy and refreshed.

Incredible Edible Eggs

Eggs aren’t just for breakfast. They are a wonderful source of protein and easy to prepare.

An omelet with lots of veggies is a quick, easy and delicious meal for any night of the week.

Time for Take Out

When time is tight, take out might be the only option. When this happens, try to make good choices. Go for the grilled over fried and go for the side salad over carbs.

If you do decide to indulge, don’t double down. Choose at least one healthy option!

Stay Hydrated

Keeping hydrated isn’t only good for your health, it can help reduce hunger.

Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator and try to finish it each day. Add some flavor with sliced fruits like lemons, oranges, watermelon or vegetables like cucumber or carrot slices.

Enjoy the Many Colors

Bright and bold colors are where the best nutrition is!

Colorful foods are filled with a variety of vitamins and minerals. They also contain loads of antioxidants, which have been shown to combat stress!

Moderation is Key!

Enjoy comfort foods on occasion. They are important in keeping you sane. Just remember that they are SOMETIMES foods. Either enjoy them less often or smaller amounts.

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