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Seasonal Food Ideas from a Top Alzheimer’s Care Home in Georgia

Get Warm And Cozy With Yummy Fall Food

Get Warm And Cozy With Yummy Fall Food

Turkey, pot pie, and mashed potatoes–oh my! Fall is a time where we all come together to indulge in yummy comfort foods. However, it’s still important that these meals are nutritious to ensure your loved one with dementia is getting the nourishment they need. You know what they say–you are what you eat!

Here at Marshall Pines, we follow the MIND Diet to provide our residents with nutritious meals. The MIND Diet was developed by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. It breaks down ten food groups that are brain-healthy and five unhealthy groups you should avoid. The researchers found evidence that these recommendations have the potential to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 53 percent, and also mitigate symptoms of it. Not only do these food groups support memory, but they also have so many other benefits such as weight maintenance, improving heart health, and reducing the risk of certain cancers.

Nuts, berries, whole grains, vegetables, beans, poultry, olive, oil, and fish are included in the ‘healthy’ food group, and can and should be eaten regularly. Sweets, fried foods, cheese, butter, and red meat are included in the ‘unhealthy group,’ and should be limited. Consider these groups when planning meals or food for your loved one!

Here are some seasonal food ideas to warm you and your loved one’s soul from Marshall Pines, a top nursing home in Georgia:

Breakfast

It’s the most important meal of the day–so why not make it delicious? There are so many breakfast options that incorporate the flavors of fall. You can easily throw a twist on your traditional go-to breakfast by adding some spices! Here are some of our favorites:

  • Whole Grain pumpkin pancakes with cinnamon-apple topping
  • Pumpkin pie smoothie
  • Whole Grain cinnamon-apple french toast casserole
  • Yogurt and fruit bowl with cinnamon granola
  • Creamy oatmeal with brown sugar apples
  • Pumpkin pie muffins
  • Pumpkin spice flavored coffee
  • Sausage, egg and cheese breakfast casserole

Lunch

Lunch hour is the best hour of the day–take some time to refuel! Consider these lunch ideas to make for your loved one:

  • Butternut squash soup
  • Chicken, arugula, and butternut squash salad
  • Chickpea and spinach stew
  • Sweet potato and black bean turkey chili
  • Harvest chicken casserole

Dinner

Dinner feasts are a staple of the fall season. There’s nothing like enjoying some warm, comforting meals with friends and family. Here are some dinner ideas to make for your loved one this season:

  • Chicken pot pie
  • Pumpkin ravioli
  • Chicken and dumplings
  • Apple cider glazed chicken
  • Chicken stew
  • Turkey with mashed potatoes and veggies

Dessert

Although desserts are not strictly “health food,” we all deserve to indulge in something sweet–especially in the fall months. Similar to breakfast, fall flavors really shine through when it comes to delicious desserts. End the night with one of these scrumptious dessert items:

  • Pumpkin cheesecake
  • Pumpkin bread
  • Pie — apple, pecan, pumpkin, chocolate chess, etc.
  • Apple crumble
  • Apple fritters
  • Whoopie pies

Snacks

Just because you eat three square meals a day doesn’t mean you can’t have some snacks here and there! Check out these seasonal snacks:

  • Roasted pumpkin seeds
  • Cinnamon apple chips
  • Roasted red potatoes
  • Pumpkin soup

There’s something about fall food that is comforting and makes us feel cozy! Just remember to keep nutrition in mind when making food for your loved one. At Marshall Pines, we ensure our residents have top-notch seasonal meals that consider the MIND diet.

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Marshall Pines, contact our friendly team today.