Healthy eating for hospital visitors, part 3
Yet, the disconnect between medical findings and fast-food culture embedded in cardiac cath lab lounges tells us of the complicity at play and reminds us that nobody is really at the wheel of the national health care ship.
- Homemade granola bars: I posted a recipe a while ago for peanut butter granola bars that would be a great snack for caregivers. There’s also a recipe from Smitten Kitchen for thick, chewy granola bars that looks good.
- Trail mix or granola mix: The hospital had some nut mixes, but for the most part they were heavy on the salt, peanuts and chocolate pieces. Mix your own combinations with ingredients like salt-free or low-salt nuts, granola, dried fruits, seeds or organic chocolate chips. Try a mix with a little kick like this Cajun Trail Mix or speak to a sweet tooth with pineapple, papaya and sunflower seed granola.
- Healthy cookies: Pumpkin spice cookies that use whole wheat flour or chewy oatmeal raisin cookies that have dried fruit and whole grains are much more nutritious than the pack of chocolate chip cookies that come out of the vending machine.
- Muffins: Eating Well has 20 healthy muffin recipes including the honey, fig and goat cheese muffins I made a while back. The carrot-banana and the zucchini-oatmeal look good.
- Soups: If the person has the ability to reheat things in a microwave, a hearty soup would be perfect. Try this kicked-up vegetable stew (yes, I know, technically not a soup) or this creamy butternut squash soup.
- Cut up vegetables: So simple, but someone running back and forth to the hospital doesn’t always have time to shop for or cut up vegetables. Cut up carrots, celery, red and yellow peppers, and broccoli, add a few cherry tomatoes, and put some of each in individual containers.
What ideas do you have?
- Part I: Why is it so tough to eat well at a hospital?
- Part II: What you can do to help a caregiver on the food front — beyond baked ziti.
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