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Senior Care Issues: The Truth About Using Frozen and Canned Foods in Your Parents' Diet

Senior Care in Rochester MN

Making sure that your aging loved ones get the nutrition that they need on a regular basis is an important part of your senior care efforts for them, but if you are like most family caregivers, you Senior-Care-Rochester-MNare already so busy that preparing and cooking all of their meals from scratch seems like a daunting task. You may be balancing care for your seniors with caring for your children, managing a career, and maintaining your home, and doing everything necessary to make completely fresh meals would simply take up too much time and energy for it to be plausible for you, so fairly often you turn to the frozen foods and canned goods aisles for a bit of a jumpstart for your meal preparation.

There is a level of stigma associated with using frozen and canned foods in your cooking, particularly when it comes to preparing meals that you want to be healthy and nourishing for your aging parents or your children. The thought is that these foods are nutritionally inferior to fresh options and should not even be considered if you want to make meals that are good enough quality to include in the context of a care journey.

So what is the truth? Should you really be ashamed of those pantry runs to pull out a can of beans or dipping into the freezer rather than the crisper for the vegetables for your soup or casserole? According to food experts, including the Produce for Better Health Foundation, the answer is absolutely not.

The truth is frozen and canned foods are some of the best hidden nutritional secrets in the grocery store. Not only should you not hesitate to use these products to get your favorite recipes going more quickly, but you may want to stock up even more.

  • Some things you should know about frozen and canned foods include:
  • Vegetables are harvested at their peak and flash frozen or quickly canned. This means that as long as you choose options that do not have high added salt, sauces, or other additions you are getting the very best nutrition from those foods no matter what the time of year.
  • Dry beans can take upwards of 24 hours to prepare, and while the flavor is worth the effort when you have the time, if you do not, a can of beans is a faster, convenient, and still delicious alternative that you can use to quickly add fiber, protein, texture, and flavor to everything from salads to soups.
  • Fresh produce can be incredibly expensive, especially if you want to purchase something out of season. Purchasing frozen options can save you a tremendous amount of money on your grocery budget, and because they store in the freezer for months, you do not have to worry about your money heading into the trashcan when your fresh produce goes bad before you can use it. For example, a single bell pepper can cost $2 or more if you go for the red, orange, or yellow varieties, but a bag of already prepared frozen peppers equally two or three bell peppers often costs half that.
  • Using frozen and canned ingredients dramatically cuts down on the amount of time you need to prepare your meals, making it easier for you to make homemade, delicious, and nutritious meals for your loved ones rather than always resorting to fast food or take out when you are short on time.

If you or someone you know needs senior care in Rochester, MN, contact Prairie River Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services for many fragile or senior members in the communities we serve. Call us at (888) 660-5772 for more information.


Lori Seeman

Lori Seemann has a background in nurse management, hands-on critical care and business management. Her clinical expertise and knowledge of information systems had been instrumental in ensuring operational consistency in all branch offices. She led efforts that resulted in implementation of a new home care computer system that is utilized for staffing, scheduling, clinical records and billing. Lori continues to seek opportunities to improve caregiver productivity through nurse utilization of a unique point of care laptop computer system.