Recipes for Seniors to Beat the Summer Heat

Summer Recipes for Seniors - Broccoli Salad

Summertime in Florida is in full swing and with all the summer activities seniors can do, one of those is to cook delicious food without heating up the kitchen.

If you live in Florida you know it’s just too darn hot to cook anything!

What do you do?

Here are some recipes that are perfect to help beat the summer heat!

How about a wonderful salad, here’s an easy broccoli crunch salad; the best part is . . . NO HEAT REQUIRED!

BROCCOLI CRUNCH SALAD

For the dressing:
⅔ cup mayonnaise
1 ½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
1 garlic clove, minced (optional)
½ teaspoon superfine sugar (granulated is fine)
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper

For the salad:
2 heads broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets you can also trim, peel and cube the stems or reserve for another use at another time
5 rashers cooked bacon, chopped
½ cup chopped and dry roasted cashews
⅓ cup Zante currants
¼ cup diced red onions, optional
1 green onion, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Place all dressing ingredients into a small mixing bowl and whisk together.
  2. Place broccoli florets into a large mixing bowl and top with dressing. Fold together until fully combined.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and fold together. Adjust seasonings. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 1 day.
    4. Give salad a good toss before serving.

Doesn’t that sound real good?

Please if you make it, bring some by our office so I can test it out for you and make sure you did it correctly!!

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Got shrimp?

No?

Let’s get some & have some Hawaiian-style crispy garlic butter shrimp!

HAWAIIAN STYLE CRISPY GARLIC BUTTER SHRIMP

Ingredients

1 cup flour
3 tablespoons smoked paprika, divided
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon onion powder
24 jumbo shrimp, deveined and cleaned with shells and tails intact swimming legs removed, optional
4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
4 tablespoons salted butter
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 green onion, thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups chopped pineapple for serving
4 cups steamed white rice for serving

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a shallow bowl combine flour, 2 tablespoons paprika, garlic powder, cumin, and onion powder and whisk together.
  2. Lightly season shrimp with salt and pepper on both sides. Carefully dredge each shrimp in flour mixture until fully coated. Shake off any excess coating so each shrimp is only covered in a thin layer of flour mixture.
  3. Place shrimp onto a baking sheet lined with a cooling rack.
  4. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil.
  5. Add half shrimp into the hot skillet and pan-fry for about 2 minutes on each side.
  6. Transfer back onto the cooling rack, add remaining oil to the skillet and repeat with remaining shrimp.
  7. Once all shrimp has been pan-fried and placed back onto the cooling rack, clean the skillet.
  8. Place cleaned skillet back over medium-high heat and melt butter. Add remaining tablespoon paprika and garlic to melted butter and saute for 30 seconds. Add all shrimp back to the skillet and toss together until all shrimp is well coated. Saute for 2 to 4 minutes or until all shrimp has just cooked through. Lightly season with salt and pepper.
  9. To serve: Place a bed of rice onto a plate or platter with some bite-sized chunks of pineapple. Pour crispy, garlic-butter shrimp and any excess butter over rice and pineapple and finish with green onions. Serve.

YUMMY!!!

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Here’s another great salad for the vegetarians out there:

ULTIMATE CAPRESE SALAD

Ingredients

1 pint mixed cherry tomatoes, halved
7 tablespoons (or more) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Flaky sea salt
2 pounds mixed medium and large tomatoes, cut into thin slices and/or wedges
8 ounces mozzarella, room temperature, torn into pieces
Coarsely ground black pepper
Small basil leaves and toasted country bread (for serving)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Toss cherry tomatoes with 1 Tbsp. oil in a small bowl; season with salt.
  2. Arrange tomato slices on a platter, slightly overlapping; season generously with salt. Arrange mozzarella over tomatoes; lightly season mozzarella with salt. Spoon cherry tomatoes over salad and drizzle with 6 Tbsp. oil; season with pepper. Let stand for 30 minutes to let flavors meld and release juices from tomatoes and mozzarella.
  3. Top salad with basil and additional salt and oil, if desired. Serve with bread alongside.

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Now that you have all the recipes, please make them and drop some by the office for the taste tester.

I’m ALWAYS happy to accommodate and help out in any way I possibly can. See you soon!!

If you need help or encouragement as a Caregiver give us a call at 386-847-2322 or check out our Caregiver Support Group. Our Senior Advisors are here to walk with you through this journey.

5 Reasons for Seniors to Love Summer in Florida

Reasons to love summer as a senior in Florida

Summertime is the best time here in Florida 

Along with summer comes the heat, especially in Florida, so you may ask, Why should I love summer?

There are so many reasons to fall in love with the summer season here in Florida, let’s look at some of those.

Sunshine

Summer is the time for sunshine and showers. We have some horrific afternoon thunderstorms here, but the sunshine warms you to the bones and fills you with the much-needed Vitamin D your body craves.

Our exposure to light has such a huge effect on our bodies; it affects our mood and our sleep patterns.

Serotonin is released when you are exposed to sunlight, which is responsible for boosting your mood and helping you feel calm and focused.

Be sure to wear your sunscreen though, you don’t want to end up with skin cancer.

Flowers

Everywhere you look in the summer there are beautiful wildflowers. Some of them may cause your allergies to act up, but they sure are pretty to look at and it’s sad they only seem to bloom once a year.

We must enjoy them in the summer because they will be gone before we know it.

Summertime Flowers in Florida

I love to sit outside in the early morning hours and just listen to all the birds singing. Yes, they were out chirping and singing in the springtime, but it sounds so much sweeter in the summertime. I was looking up at the sky one morning and saw the tiniest hummingbird in the top of a tree fluttering around the branches and it was so calming and soothing to watch. I love summertime.

Florida Beaches

The BEACH!!!! Yes, the beautiful beach and I know we live in Florida and can usually go to the beach year-round, but there’s something more special about going to the beach in the summer. Children playing and running around, so much more to watch and enjoy. The beach is exquisite and we are so fortunate to live in a coastal city, we should take full advantage of it and keep it clean.

Once again, wear your sunscreen!!

Butterflies

Some people don’t like summer because of all the insects and bugs, but what about the graceful butterflies that grow from the ugly worms that were here in the spring?

Butterflies

They sure are magnificent to look at and watch as they flutter around in the breeze.

Picnics!!

In the summertime, you can enjoy a picnic in the park. Yes, there are many ants out there and they are always out in the local parks. Try to go somewhere you have a picnic table to deter the ants from crawling all over your food. Unless of course, you like to eat ants!! Perhaps you can dip them into your caramel apple dip, yummy!

You know you can wear all those cute outfits, if you don’t have cute outfits, or can’t wear them, then be happy you don’t have to wear so many clothes.

You can wear flip-flops instead of boots, shorts instead of long pants, no socks and break out the bathing suits!!!

There are so many activities for the summertime.

Check out our blog titled Spring Activities for Seniors, some of those activities spill over into summer, just make sure to stay hydrated.

Let’s recap why we love summer.

Sunshine, the natural mood enhancer!

We have bugs, birds, and butterflies, oh my!

Flowers, flowers and more bright, bold and glorious flowers, blossoming everywhere!

Picnics, parties and time with friends.

You don’t have to wear so many clothes and the BEST thing about the summer, the BEACH!!!!

The crashing of the waves, the sound of children laughing and playing, the feel of the warm sunshine stinging your skin, the feel of sand between your toes. What more could anyone want?

Get outside and enjoy the summertime, just remember to stay hydrated and use your sunscreen!!

And last, but not least, have FUN!!!

Summertime at the Beach

If you need help or encouragement as a Caregiver give us a call at 386-847-2322 or check out our Caregiver Support Group. Our Senior Advisors are here to walk with you through this journey.

Aging in Place

When is Aging in Place a Good Choice

When is Aging in Place the Best Choice for your Loved One?

When is it time for them to move into an assisted living or memory care community?

Both of these decisions can be very tough, but there are certain things to keep in mind when answering these questions.

One of the biggest drawbacks for people to move into a community is money, but they may not be as expensive as you think once you think about what you WON’T be paying for.

When is Aging in Place a Good Choice

Pros/Cons of an Aging in Place

The monthly cost for an independent living, assisted living, or memory care community includes three (3) meals a day, laundry, utilities, cable TV, transportation, if applicable, and someone with you 24/7, so the cost is really not that much after all.

On top of that, consider the fact that you have no house maintenance or insurance, no vehicle maintenance or insurance, yard maintenance, or if an appliance breaks you don’t have to repair/replace it; there are so many cost savings people don’t really think about.

When is the right time to move your loved one(s) into an assisted living community?

You need to assess how much care they need. Will a home health aide be enough? Most home health care companies have a minimum of four hours a day, some have a maximum of twelve, others will provide twenty-four-hour assistance, but it will be in shifts. You will usually not have the same caregiver from a home health company.

In-home care enables the person to continue living in their own home and caregivers come in to assist with activities of daily living. Let’s take a look at some pros and cons of home health.

Pros: senior receives one-on-one caregiving tailored to their specific needs, the senior is able to stay in their home as they age, family is able to choose the caregiver, and if the caregiver is a family member or friend, you have the familiarity on your side as well.

Cons: the cost can be huge depending on the number of hours the senior needs to be cared for, the family must remain engaged to ensure caregivers are doing their job, the family must stay involved in hiring and firing caregivers and creating backup plans should the caregiver not show up, there is a potential for depression as there won’t be much social interaction, the house may need modifications for wheelchair access, etc., and someone has to go out and purchase the groceries and whatever other essentials are needed.

Pros/Cons of an Assisted Living Community

Assisted living communities are places where seniors are thriving now. They have their own apartment or a shared room and they offer a wide range of care options. Let’s look at the pros and cons of assisted living.

Pros: the senior has social interaction, less worry about depression or isolation, three meals are prepared and provided by the staff, more affordable way to receive 24/7 care, doctors come to the communities, transportation is available should the senior be able to go out, the family can spend more time with their loved one rather than worrying about caring for them, the level of care can be increased as needed.

Cons: the senior may not enjoy being in a community with other seniors, one-on-one care may not be as personal as it would be at home, the quality of care can vary, there’s always a possibility of having to hire a private duty caregiver if more care than the community can offer is needed.

Both in-home health and assisted living communities have pros and cons. This is really just a personal choice and only you and your family can make this decision.

When you are ready to make a plan, call us at Assisted Living Made Simple at 386-847-2322

We help you make a plan for you or your loved one and our service is always free to you.

If you need help or encouragement as a Caregiver give us a call at 386-847-2322 or check out our Caregiver Support Group. Our Senior Advisors are here to walk with you through this journey.