Caregivers have a difficult job of taking care of their own family as well as a loved one. When summer activities are going on, it may seem like you have to be in multiple places at once. This is when having meals planned ahead of time can be a lifesaver. While it may be simple to heat up a frozen entrée or order food to be delivered, those don’t always promote healthy habits. We’ve got some great meal ideas to consider that are healthy and can be made ahead of time for convenience.
Chili In A Crockpot
Chili is great for any time of year and you can be as creative as you’d like with the ingredients. You can use any combination of ground beef, ground turkey, onions and beans as your base. Then all you need to do is add salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and any other seasonings you desire. And the great part about chili is you can freeze it for later use and have meals ready to go for an entire week on particularly busy days.
Healthy Vegetable Soup
Vegetable soup is a comforting main dish that can be customized to your liking. Simply mix a combination of vegetable broth with carrots, celery, zucchini, diced tomatoes, beans and any other ingredients you desire. Consider making small batches and freezing them individually for single-serving options. Or make a large batch for easy-to-enjoy meals throughout the week.
Quick And Easy Egg Muffins
Egg muffins are easy to make and can go a long way with very few ingredients. All you need for this recipe is eggs, milk, green onion, kale, red peppers and feta cheese. Of course, you can substitute any of these ingredients if you have other preferences. Mix the ingredients and put them in a muffin pan in the oven and you’ll have breakfast ready to go for the entire week. When you have a go-to breakfast option like this, you won’t have to rush as much when loading up your loved one’s mobility device on the auto lift to get to where you need to be.
Oatmeal cups are the ultimate quick and healthy breakfast caregivers and seniors alike can enjoy. Oats, brown sugar, milk, water and toppings are all you need to make these tasty breakfast bites. Add assorted fruits as toppings to promote healthy habits and make some with tasty treats like chocolate chips. It takes a matter of minutes to put together these oatmeal cups and they can be taken out individually from the freezer for a quick breakfast on those busy summer days.
Make-ahead meals can make the life of a caregiver much more convenient, just like a quality mobility device can. Summer days can be busy, so even a few minutes here and there that can be saved can make a huge difference in stress levels. Be sure to contact us at any time to see how we can make your life more convenient as we ramp up into the summer months.