July 8, 2013

Better Health and Better Taste: 5 Delicious Treats You Can Serve Yourself

Filed under: Boomer,Seniors — seniorlivingguide @ 9:19 am

Courtesy of Kathrine Kreger [kathrinekreger@gmail.com]

Watching your weight or cholesterol doesn’t have to mean sacrificing satisfying, flavorful meals. Just munching on carrot sticks gets boring after a while, no matter how dedicated you are. Here are five tasty and nutritious meals you can make easily at home.

Breakfast Burritos

The typical processed breakfast burrito in a grocery store or restaurant can be packed with greasy cheese and watery eggs. You can update this breakfast favorite by making your own at home. Just wrap two scrambled eggs, avocado, tomato and a sprinkling of a low-fat cheese like mozzarella in a steamed tortilla. Add your choice of spices or low-calorie salsa for an extra dose of flavor.


A frozen parfait, or even a fresh one from the food court, can be loaded with refined sugar. To ensure that it’s delicious and healthy, make one from your own ingredients. As an added bonus, you’ll get to choose your favorite fruits. The possibilities for parfaits are more expansive than you might imagine. A classic parfait usually consists of berries, yogurt, and granola, but try all kinds of combinations, like a tropical parfait, with papaya, mangoes, and pineapple, and shredded coconut. No matter what you put in your parfait, be sure that the ingredients are healthy. Find a granola that is whole-grain and not too high in sugar and use low-fat Greek yogurt.Better Health and Better Taste 5 Delicious Treats You Can Serve Yourself


If parfaits are diverse, smoothies are ten times as diverse. They’re also a great way to hide the taste of vegetables you don’t enjoy. Just blend them in between some delicious fruits like mangoes and bananas, with fruit juice for added sweetness. With a dependable commercial smoothie blender, you should have no problem blending the fruits and veggies with a handful of ice cubes. You can add low-fat Greek yogurt or organic milk for a creamy texture and a milkshake-like flavor without all the calories.


Fish is simple to prepare, delicious, and a great source of nutrition. Whether you enjoy tilapia or salmon, they can be easily basted with a little oil and lemon, honey, or your preferred seasoning, and baked in the oven. Serve with a vegetable like edamame or collard greens.


Whether it’s the main course or a substitute for another meat, chicken is extremely versatile. It’s very low in fat, and accepts almost any flavor. Use it as a healthy alternative in tacos, salads, stews, and even burgers.


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