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Sweet Potato & Zucchini Hash

One of the best ways to support your immune system and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle as we age is to ensure you are getting the proper nutrients at every meal. To achieve this, consider using locally grown produce that is in season. It not only benefits your community but your health as well.

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of betacarotene, which can be converted to vitamin A and help support your immune system and gut health. Its low glycemic index makes it ideal for diabetics, too!

You may be surprised that these traditionally Central and South American potatoes are commercially grown here in Ontario! In fact, Ontario sweet potatoes also contain fibre and are fat and cholesterol-free!

Try this delicious and versatile dish at any meal and enjoy the benefits of this seasonal tuber!

Sweet Potato & Zucchini Hash – Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. (450g) sweet potato, peeled, cut into cubes
  • 2 glove garlic, chopped
  • 1 ½ tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 8 eggs
  • handful parsley, chopped
  • cayenne pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Cook the sweet potato for 3-4 mins in a pot of boiling water, then drain.
  2. Heat the ½ tbsp. of the oil in a pan, over medium heat.
  3. Add the sweet potato, zucchini, onion and garlic, sauté for about 5 mins, until cooked and browned. Season to taste with salt & pepper, and set aside.
  4. Heat the remaining oil in the pan and fry the eggs to your liking.
  5. Divide the vegetables between 4 plates, top with fried eggs and sprinkle with parsley. Season with cayenne pepper, salt & pepper, to taste and serve.

Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Immunity Support

Building and maintaining our immune systems are vital during any age and season, however, as the winter season is in full effect, your immune system requires some extra protection to avoid colds and flu.

What is the Immune System?

The immune system is a complex organ system in the body comprised of white blood cells, skin, mucus and bacteria. Its central role is to seek, recruit, attack and destroy foreign invaders, such as bacteria and viruses that enter the body. There are two main levels of immunity:

1. Innate immunity system

This system provides a quick first line of defence and acts against a wide range of pathogens. The innate immunity system refers to nonspecific defence mechanisms that come into play immediately or within hours of an antigen’s appearance in the body. These mechanisms include physical barriers such as skin, chemicals in the blood, and immune system cells that attack foreign cells in the body. The chemical properties of the antigen activate the innate immune response.

2. Adaptive Immune System

This level refers to antigen-specific immune response. The adaptive immune response is more complicated than the innate one. The antigen first must be processed and recognized. Once an antigen is identified, the adaptive immune system creates an army of immune cells specifically designed to attack that antigen. Adaptive immunity also includes a “memory” that makes future responses against a specific antigen more efficient.

How to Support your Immune System

The immune system is precisely that – a system, not a single entity. For it to function well, it requires balance and harmony. Researchers are still exploring the effects of diet, exercise, age, psychological stress, and other factors on the immune response.

In general, a healthy lifestyle is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Every system in your body, including the immune system, functions better when following balanced and healthy strategies such as these:

  • Eating a whole food diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • Exercising regularly
  • Staying hydrated
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Reducing stress
  • Drinking alcohol in moderation
  • Not smoking

Speak with your health care professional for ideas on how to best support your immune system and visit our website for some healthy recipes and activities to keep you and your immune system strong and protected.


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Fun Facts: Happy New Year!

Another year is closing and a renewed hope will begin!

The past couple of years has been challenging for many of us as we navigate the “new normals”. However, one tradition remains the same…New Year’s Eve! Whether you gather with friends, family or on your own, it’s a time to celebrate the positive moments of the year gone by and look ahead to a future of your heart’s desire.

All of us here at Ideal Caregivers 4u wishes you joy, good health, and prosperity in 2022!


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Fruit-topped Sponge Cake Dessert

As the year draws to a close, you may be looking for a lighter alternative to dessert to ring in the new year. Try this delicious, yet simple dessert for your New Year’s Eve gathering or any day of the week!

Ingredients

  • 6 individual round sponge cake cups
  • 4 cups fresh fruit
  • Light whipped cream
  • Fresh mint leaves *optional
  • Powdered sugar *optional

Directions

  1. Place sponge cake cups on individual serving plates. Gently spoon or fill with whipped cream.
  2. Gently arrange fresh fruit, such as strawberries, kiwi or blueberries (you can also use canned peaches!) on top of the whipped cream.
  3. Serve as is or garnish with a dusting of powdered sugar and a mint leaf.

Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Spinach & Ricotta Pinwheels

This fun and simple appetizer is not only nutritious but delicious! Before baking, arrange each pinwheel in the shape of a Christmas tree and you have instant festive decor!

Click here for the full recipe and video instructions.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 red onions, chopped
  • 8 cups fresh spinach
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 9 ounces fresh ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 multi-colored cherry tomatoes, halved, or more to taste

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat and saute onions until soft and translucent. Add spinach, salt, and pepper and briefly saute while stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes.. Cover and cook until spinach is wilted, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove lid after 5 minutes and allow cooking liquid to evaporate. Remove from stove and cool completely.
  2. Chop spinach mixture and combine with ricotta and Parmesan cheese in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
  3. Roll out puff pastry sheet and evenly cover with spinach-cheese mixture to within 1/2 inch of the edges. Tightly roll up sheet lengthwise and press edges tightly together. Wrap in plastic wrap and cool in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Slice pastry log into 3/4-inch slices so you have 16 to 22 pinwheels. Lay puff pastry pinwheels in the shape of a Christmas tree. The lowest row should consist of 6 pinwheels the second row 5 pinwheels, etc. If you end up with 16 pinwheels, start with 5 pinwheels in the lowest row. Place the last wheel on the bottom to make the stem. Brush with egg.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until wheels are lightly browned and puffed up, 20 to 25 minutes.

Decorate with cherry tomatoes for Christmas tree ornaments!


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Dec. 21: This Day in History

Today we honour the achievements of Scientists, Athletes, Inventors, and Entertainers!

Share these memories with your elderly loved ones or those in your care and you may just spark a memory or story to tell from their past.


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Loneliness in Seniors During the Holidays

For many of us, this is a season of joyful celebration, the gathering of friends and family, and the sharing of traditional meals, desserts and stories. But for some, especially over the past year, it can be a time of sadness remembering those whom we’ve lost and those who are unable to visit.
 
For the elderly, especially those in long-term care facilities, the holidays can place a tremendous amount of anxiety, sadness, confusion, and loneliness. Many families may continue to struggle in visiting their loved ones in care facilities, nursing homes, and even private homes due to COVID restrictions. This makes the holiday season especially challenging.
 
Remind your loved ones that although you may not be able to come together as you once did, you are still thinking about them. Share your photos, stories, and festive feasts through phone calls and video chats. Send them Christmas cards, treats, and photos in the mail. Check with your loved one’s facility director to see if window visits can be arranged or even limited visits with immediate family members are possible.
 
Here are a few ways to help reduce your senior loved one with feelings of loneliness during the holidays:
  1. Keep the line of communication open with your senior loved ones. Actively and honestly listen to their stories and their thoughts.
  2. Check with your loved one’s religious organization to see if they can offer social and/or spiritual support.
  3. Share cheerful cards, photographs and drawings from friends and family to encourage positivity and lighten their thoughts on missing loved ones.
  4. Remind them how important they are to your life and the lives of your family. Show them they are loved.
  5. Decorate their room in a festive way and add their favourite homemade treat.
Feelings of loneliness may not manifest themselves the same way with every person. Some may exhibit negative and challenging behaviours as they cannot express themselves verbally, others may share stories of loved ones who have passed and express how much they are missed, and some just may want you to listen as they share their memories while holding your hand. However they express themselves, continue to remind them that they are loved, remembered and appreciated…just as you are to them.

 


Ideal Caregivers 4u is there when you cannot be.  Remember us during the holidays as we can provide services ranging from Companionship and Meal Assistance to 24-hr Care.
Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998.
We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

#OnThisDay in history we celebrate the achievements in science, sports, and entertainment.

Share with your elderly loved ones to spark memories and stories of the past.

 

For more events in history, visit our BLOG today!

Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998.

We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.