Heart health is important for everyone, especially seniors. By following a heart-healthy diet plan, seniors can reduce their risk of developing heart disease and live long and vibrant lives. In honor of American Heart Month, San Antonio in-home care Assistance wanted to share one of our favorite delicious and nutritious recipes that helps protect the heart, Overnight Oats.
Overnight Oats is an extremely healthy and simple make-ahead recipe; great for breakfast or for a midday snack. As this dish sits in the refrigerator overnight, the oats and chia seeds absorb the liquid and become a nice soft texture, an added bonus for seniors with dental issues.
1/3 cup milk
¼ cup old-fashioned oats (not instant or steel cut)
¼ cup low-fat Greek yogurt
1 ½ teaspoons chia seeds
2 teaspoons maple syrup
¼ cup blueberries
handful of sliced almonds
Mix the milk, oats, Greek yogurt, chia seeds, maple syrup together. Then, gently stir in the blueberries and almonds. Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator overnight.
The most convenient method for making these oats is to use a small mason jar with a lid to shake all of the ingredients together (and then you can pop the whole thing in the refrigerator). If you don’t have a mason jar, simply use a small bowl to stir the ingredients together, and cover with plastic wrap in the refrigerator. Overnight oatmeal will stay good in the refrigerator for up to two days.
Feel free to experiment with other combinations of fruits, sweeteners, and nuts. Just be sure to keep the first 4 ingredients and amounts the same. For instance, instead of maple syrup, try honey, peanut butter, or applesauce as a sweetener. Instead of blueberries, try chopped bananas, cherries, apples, or raspberries. Instead of almonds, try walnuts or pecans.
Heart Healthy Benefits for Seniors
Our San Antonio caregivers love this recipe because it is packed with key nutrients proven to lower bad cholesterol and keep your heart healthy. Oats are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, folate, potassium, and fiber. Nuts and chia seeds are also packed with omega-3 fatty acids and fiber for an even more powerful punch. Finally, blueberries are thought of as a “superfood” that has powerful disease-fighting properties. This winning combination is sure to start your loved one’s day off on the right nutritional path.
Find out more about senior heart health today by calling 210-495-6300 and speaking with a Care Manager from Home Care Assistance of San Antonio. While we offer specialty services like stroke care in San Antonio which are specifically designed to promote heart health, we also provide seniors with care at home, helping with nutritious meal preparation, daily exercise, light housekeeping, transportation and so much more. Schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with us today!