Thanksgiving Menus for Seniors Recovering from Heart Attack or Stroke

By Pete Lane, 9:00 am on

There is no reason why someone with cardiovascular disease or receiving post-stroke home care in Centennial, CO, cannot enjoy traditional holiday foods this Thanksgiving. All it takes is making a few small alterations. These low-fat, low-calories options benefit your loved one’s physical wellbeing and satisfy his or her cravings. 

Heart-Healthy Ranch Dip

½ cup of nonfat buttermilk or mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar with 1 cup of low-fat milk

  • 1/3 cup of low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons of dried dill
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon each of Dijon mustard and honey
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 6 cups of raw vegetables

Combine all of the ingredients except the vegetables in a bowl. Serve with a desired selection of fresh seasonal vegetables for a tasty and nutritious appetizer. 

All-In-One Turkey Dinner

The American Heart Association recommends this orange-glazed dish that serves six.

  • Cooking spray
  • 1.5 to 2 pound skinned turkey breast
  • 2 teaspoons of mixed herbs such as basil, chives, rosemary, sage and thyme
  • ½ teaspoon each of garlic powder, salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of orange marmalade 
  • 1 pound of potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with the cooking spray. Position the turkey breast in the center of the dish. Mix the herbs and rub half over the turkey. Spread the breast with marmalade. Combine the potatoes, carrots, oil and remaining herbs. Place the vegetables around the turkey. Bake for one hour or until done to create a heart-healthy Thanksgiving entree with side dishes. 

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip

  • 8 ounces of room temperature low-fat cream cheese
  • 1 small can of pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar or comparable amount of honey or sugar substitute
  • ½ teaspoon each of cinnamon and vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon each of cloves and nutmeg
  • 6 cored and sliced apples

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and serve with the apple slices as a delightful and guilt-free Thanksgiving dessert.

For more ideas on delicious and heart-healthy meals for seniors with cardiovascular disease, turn to Home Care Assistance of Centennial. We provide flexible live-in and hourly home care Centennial, CO, seniors need to manage illnesses in the comfort of home while boosting physical and emotional wellbeing. Contact a trusted Care Manager at 303.957.3100 today to learn more and customize a care plan for your loved one.