Senior Care in Palm City FL
Lunches can get boring without a variety of foods. Instead of a typical soup, salad or sandwich, try garbanzo beans, more commonly known as chickpeas, for a new twist. This delicious member of the bean family is loaded with fiber and helps your loved one receiving in-home care to feel fuller for longer. Plus, chickpeas are inexpensive and can easily to be added to any senior care weekly menu.
Garbanzo beans are a low-calories, protein-packed food that also supplies a number of minerals, vitamins and nutrients such as:
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
One cup of chickpeas contains approximately 269 calories, 12.5 grams of fiber and 14.5 grams of protein. Since the beans fill up your loved one and leave them feeling satisfied, a meal of garbanzo beans can help weight maintenance for one receiving elder care. It can also help reduce snack intake and overeating.
An easy way to add garbanzo beans to a daily diet is by putting a few into a salad. These cream-colored, round beans can be purchased in a can. After you drain the water, they are ready to eat, or you can slightly heat them to your desired texture.
As an alternative to chicken salad, chickpeas can be smashed and combined with your favorite lunch-filling ingredients. For example, smash chickpeas with a potato masher and then add mayonnaise, celery, hard-boiled egg, mustard and a pinch of apple-cider vinegar to taste. Fill a pita-pocket or eat with gluten-free rice crackers or corn chips for a satisfying lunch alternative.
Chickpeas can be combined with other protein-rich sources such as quinoa and edamame for another quick and filling lunch. Cook one cup of quinoa, or rice if you prefer, add in a can of chickpeas and one cup of edamame- which is soy. Combine those with cut up avocado, cucumber, tomato or other vegetable your loved one enjoys and toss with a citrusy, vinaigrette dressing. This salad that is served cold is perfect any time of year to boost the taste buds of your loved one in home care, increase their protein and fiber intake and is a great meat-alternative side-dish or main meal.
Look, Feel and Taste
Garbanzo beans have a nut-like flavor with the feel of butter. They are approximately the size of a small marble and are round, instead of bean-shaped. They have a crease in the center of the bean. If your loved one enjoys hummus, in which the primary ingredient is chickpeas, they most likely will enjoy garbanzo beans in the natural state. The beans can be eaten alone as a snack or added to soups to boost the protein content.
This inexpensive treat can go a long way to add meal variety plus, it has a low glycemic intake which helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of senior care services in Palm City, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at (772) 678-3324.