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Seniors with Food Issues May Want to Get to Know Quinoa


Elder Care in South Plainfield NJ: Seniors with Food Issues May Want to Get to Know Quinoa

For many seniors, finding foods that don’t cause discomfort and that can be easily digested may be a challenge at times.  March is Quinoa (pronounced as keen-wah) Month and thus a great way to be introduced to this interesting pseudo-grain.

Interestingly enough, quinoa isn’t an actual grain. It is considered to be more like spinach though looks like a grain and has been called a ‘pseudo-cereal.”

While relatively new to some countries, quinoa has actually been around for over 5,000 years; since the time of the Incas.  It’s native to South America.  And because of its amazing properties, has been considered to be a super-food!

Quinoa is great for elder care health because of its many nutritional values. Quinoa benefits include being:

  • Rich in iron, copper, and magnesium
  • A good source of calcium to help with brittle bones
  • Easy to chew and digest
  • A good source of potassium and some B vitamins which are very important for elder care health. B2, or riboflavin, for instance, helps with metabolism
  • A source of  antioxidants to help with cell and tissue growth
  • High in protein … has even been suggested to be a super-protein food source which helps with muscle loss
  • A great substitute for wheat products as it is gluten-free
  • High in fiber
  • Low in calories though helps to feel full
  • Great for low carbohydrate diets and even diabetes

There are so many uses for quinoa.  It can be used in pasta, as a cereal or oatmeal, and even in baking.  It offers a slight nutty taste without the digestive issues some nuts may have on some people.  Too, it’s been used to replace rice in recipes or as a side-dish.

Quinoa can be cooked or simply added to things like salads. And some types can be popped like popcorn!  With over 100 varieties, there are just so many uses for this versatile pseudo-grain.

A few suggestions on cooking quinoa:

  • Rinse thoroughly regardless of eating raw or cooked as it helps to remove the bitterness from the natural seed
  • It basically cooks like rice; about 15 minutes from raw to fluffy
  • To eat raw, be sure to soak it first.   It is suggested to soak the raw seeds for up to eight hours before eating

Quinoa is getting easier to find as it gains in popularity.  You may be able to get some at your local grocery store or health food outlet.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elder care in South Plainfield, NJ, please call the caring staff at Key Home Care. Serving Metuchen and Surrounding Communities For Over 14 Years. Call Today (732) 205-1635

Sharon Muenster, Owner, President

Owner, President at Key Home Care
Sharon received a BS degree in Business Administration and began working in banking and various financial institutions before opening her first home care agency in 2002. After living through watching her mother take care of her grandmother and great aunt, in her home, with the help of a caregiver, Sharon saw the need for this service. She researched all the options available to people and then decided to open her own company so she could not only provide caregivers to families but also be a resource for families in the same situation her family was in.

After 14 years in business, Sharon fully immersed herself in the Senior community. She became the President of the Senior Commission in her home town of Metuchen, NJ. She is also on the Accessibility Commission in Metuchen. Sharon has been a member of the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce since 2002.

Sharon grew up in Perth Amboy, NJ with her parents, two sisters and one brother, and moved to Metuchen in 1999.

Sharon has learned a lot about the needs of seniors and their families. Everyone's situation is unique and needs to be handled individually. Sharon likes to get to know her clients by communicating with them and finding out what would make their difficult situation a little more pleasant.

In her free time, Sharon has two children that keep her busy and enjoys playing tennis whenever she can.