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Senior Nutrition: Fruit Salad with Yogurt Dressing

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on

Just because your senior loved one has diabetes or needs to eat a diet low in fat and sugar doesn’t mean he or she can’t enjoy a sweet treat every now and then.

This easy and delicious recipe is a favorite here at Chandler Home Care Assistance, and you’ll see why when you and your elderly relative try it. To calm cravings, prevent blood sugar spikes, and promote an overall healthy diet, give this recipe a try–it works great for dessert or even an extra-sweet breakfast!

Ingredients

2 cups strawberries
1 cup blueberries
2 cups green grapes
1/2 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon honey

Feel free to switch and swap the fruit in this recipe as you see fit. Buy your loved one’s favorite fruit, or opt for what’s seasonal and on sale. Additionally, canned fruit can be substituted, but watch the sugar content. Most canned fruit is packed with syrup and this could spike your loved one’s blood sugar level.

Directions

Thoroughly wash and dry all fruit, excessive water will thin the dressing. Once dried, slice strawberries and grapes into bite-size portions. Add all fruit to a large bowl and toss gently.

In a separate bowl, mix yogurt, honey, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Make sure the honey has been thoroughly dispersed throughout the mixture (sometimes it has trouble spreading if it’s cold). Pour the dressing over the fruit, and toss everything gently again until thoroughly mixed. Recipe as given makes 5 servings. For best results, the salad should be served immediately.

You and your senior loved one are sure to enjoy the sweet taste of this fruit salad! For more easy and healthy recipes for seniors, reach out to Home Care Assistance. If you are unable to grocery shop, prep, and cook healthy meals for your loved one, one of our expertly trained live-in or part-time caregivers in Chandler can help. Our caregivers can also assist your loved one with basic housework, running errands, picking up medication and offering medication reminders, and provide ongoing companionship. To speak with a friendly Care Manager, call (480) 448-6215 and schedule your free in-home consultation.