Friday, March 14, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day Treats To Make With Your Senior

If you’re getting into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit this year, why not create some leprechaun-inspired treats with your senior? Making festive fare to celebrate the holiday is a great way to enjoy the day, and can also be good for senior nutrition. Many elderly individuals’ senses of smell and taste have dulled, making traditional food unappealing. However, festive treats can entice them to chow down on a few different goodies. A few St. Patrick’s Day recipes to try include:

Four leaf cupcakes

Whip up a batch of traditional cupcakes, but give them a St. Patty’s-worthy twist using green spearmint candy leaves. Frost the cupcakes then arrange the candy in the shape of four leaf clovers on top for a delicious and fun dessert.

A healthy shamrock snack

For a healthier holiday treat, remove the seeds from a sweet green pepper and slice it up into several rings. Take a few smaller pieces and add them on for stems. To create a mini pot of gold on the plate, add a small dollop of honey mustard dressing. Not only do the shamrocks look sweet, but they also pack a powerful punch of nutrition.

Shamrock sugar cookies

Grab a package of sugar cookies and turn them into shamrocks using a cookie cutter. For the finishing touch, add green icing and sprinkles. It’s an easy-to-make treat that will stand out during a St. Patrick’s Day party.

Lucky Charms-inspired cookies

Few other food items scream St. Patrick’s Day quite like Lucky Charms. Pay homage to this iconic cereal with brightly colored sugar cookies. Buy pre-made dough and purchase festive cookie cutter shapes, like a moon, a heart, a shamrock, and a star. Create the shapes and then frost them with brightly colored icing. 

Luck of the Irish smoothie

For a nutritious snack that matches the theme of the holiday, try blending up a green smoothie. Use kale, spinach, and any number of different fruits, including bananas, apples, kiwi, and others. The result will be a green drink that is full of nutritious elements and looks right at home with the rest of your green decorations.

From healthy items to delicious desserts, there are plenty of different recipes that you and your elderly loved one can make together in order to celebrate the holiday. Share the items with friends at a St. Patty’s Day party, or make your own mini celebration together. 

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