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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Caregivers and Seniors Can Find Healthy Holiday Recipes at Mayo

If you are a caregiver preparing holiday meals for seniors who have special needs, you can visit The Mayo Clinic website. Recipes in the Healthy Living section include heart healthy diets, diabetic diets, high fiber diets, low sodium diets, and more. Traditional Thanksgiving recipes that are high in carbohydrates can be redesigned to be healthier.

The Cooking Clinic section has topics such as "Recipe Makeovers: 5 Ways to Create Healthy Recipes, " "Ingredient Substitutions," and "Adjusting the Servings."

For example, instead of traditional gravy there is a recipe for "Roasted Turkey With Balsamic Vinegar Sauce."

Olive oil, rosemary and garlic are used to season the turkey while it's cooking. Instead of the usual gravy recipe you use 1 cup of balsamic vinegar, 1 cup of defatted turkey drippings, and 3 tablespoons of brown sugar.

A 5 ounce serving has 247 calories, 34 grams of protein, only 10 grams of carbohydrates, and 6 grams of fat.

The featured Healthy Living Recipes included such variety as corn tamales with avocado-tomatillo salsa, spicy red lentils, and baked apples with cherries and almonds.

With recipes from the Mayo Clinic caregivers can prepare healthy Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

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