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Top 10 Cooking Tips for Caregivers

Prepare a quick meal by steaming or stir-frying vegetables.

1. Use steam/stir-fried vegetables

Use herbs, vinegar, tomatoes, onions, and non-tropical vegetable oils instead of salt/high-sodium seasonings, especially if you have high blood pressure.

2. Low-Salt Cooking

Save time and energy by preparing extra food and freezing for future meals. Plan ahead and store leftovers for quick, effortless meal prep.

3. Freezer Meal Planning

Boost fruit intake with a blended smoothie. Blend a peeled banana, frozen fruit, low-fat yogurt, & fat-free milk or water for a refreshing and healthy treat.

4. Boost fruit intake with Smoothies

Replace salt with herbs and spices, or consider salt-free seasonings. Use lemon juice, citrus zest or hot chilies to add extra flavor.

5. Salt-Free Seasonings

Choose low-sodium canned or frozen veggies. Compare sodium levels on labels and opt for lower-sodium options. Rinse canned veggies before cooking.

6. Use Low-Sodium Veggies

Prepare muffins and quick breads with less saturated fat and fewer calories. Try swapping the oil for applesauce in your favorite recipe.

7. Use Healthy Baked Goods

 Choose whole-grain ingredients instead of highly refined products. Use whole-wheat flour, oatmeal and whole cornmeal.

8. Whole-Grain Cooking

Plan meals with fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats, fish, nuts, and legumes for a nutritious diet.

9. Plan Nutritious Meal

Keep chopped fruit and veggies ready to go in the refrigerator for a quick snack. With some planning, you’ll be prepared when hunger strikes.

10. Prepare healthy snacks in advance