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Elderly Care Tips: California Dried Plum Digestive Month

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Posted: 1/8/2016 6:35 PM by Interim HealthCare
Elderly Care in Holladay, UT

January is California Dried Plum Digestive Month, the perfect time for you to find delicious and family-pleasing ways to integrate dried plums, also known as prunes, into your elderly care journey with your aging loved ones.

Making prunes a daily part of a senior's diet may be a bit of a cliché thanks to the media, but the reality is that these tasty little fruits are not only flavorful, but exceptionally healthy, offering a wide range of potential benefits whether you enjoy them as a snack all by themselves or as a part of other meals and dishes.

According to California Dried Plums, some of the potential benefits your parents could enjoy from eating more dried plums include:

• Improved digestive health. Prunes are a naturally fantastic source of dietary fiber. Just one serving contains 3 grams of dietary fiber in both the soluble and non-soluble varieties. This means that you will feel fuller for longer and experience improved digestion of food through your system. Together this can help to improve cholesterol and regulate blood sugar levels.

• Antioxidants. Prunes contain the antioxidant-rich plant substances called polyphenols. These work in the body to fight off free radicals, reduce inflammation, improve cell health, and fight off cancer.

• Bone health. Enjoying prunes as a part of your regular diet can help you to keep your bones stronger for longer. Clinical studies showed that regular consumption of prunes helped to slow or even stop age-related bone loss, and actually increased bone density. This is tremendously important for aging adults, particularly women, who are at increased risk of fractures and other serious injuries due to decreased bone density.

• Heart health. Healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels such as those supported by the consumption of plenty of dietary fiber help to keep the heart stronger and prevent serious health consequences such as heart attack and stroke.

With all of the potential health benefits, it is easy to see why integrating dried plums into your parents' diet is something you should consider. Try these ideas, and share them with your parents' elderly health care services provider, for ways that you can enjoy more prunes in your diet and encourage your parents to eat them regularly during California Dried Plum Digestive Month and the rest of the year:

Shortbread and Prune Jam Layer Cake

Shortbread cakes with prune jam stacked like sandwiches are a great way start your day off with a daily dose of prunes and enjoy more energy throughout the day

Coconut Flour Pancakes and Prune Syrup

Using coconut flour to make your morning pancakes gives them a sweeter texture that goes great with the tartness of a good prune based syrup

Beef, Guinness and Prune Stew

A hearty meal of beef with Guinness Stout beer to thicken the stew is already a delicious treat, but adding in prunes makes it healthier and more complex. The prunes thicken the stew and add a rich, fruity flavor that pairs well with the heartiness of the beef and beer

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Adding prunes into the mixture for homemade granola bars not only gives you a great and easy snack with the prunes needed for a healthy diet, but the tartness goes exceptionally well with the salty sweet combination of peanut butter and chocolate

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Holladay, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

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