Check out the recipes in Flavorful Fortified Food - Recipes to Enrich Life and consider adding cashews as an alternative to add additional variety to a number of the recipes. Don't have a copy? Order your copy today!
November is National Hospice/Palliative Care Month and a great time to discuss the role of the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. I've often been asked,"Why does someone who qualifies for hospice services need good nutrition?" Keep in mind that the role of hospice is to keep the patient as comfortable as possible. One way to keep a patient comfortable is to work with the patient and family to provide the patient with sufficient protein to maintain skin integrity. Pressure areas are a source of pain.
There are many ways to increase or attempt to maintain protein level for the hospice patient. My preference is high-calorie, high-protein beverages. There are many recipes that can be used to provide considerably more variety than commercial supplements. Check out the 30 high-calorie, high-protein recipes in Flavorful Fortified Food - Recipes to Enrich Life. These recipes have been tested with actual hospice patients and have received high approval. The variety is expanded using variations that are provided with each recipe. There is bound to be a number of recipes to meet the primary criteria - provide the patient with a variety of flavors they like, while providing, calories, protein, and assisting in maintaining hydration. Check out the sample recipes .
Thanks to all the Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who work in hospice and palliative care! Your efforts and compassion are greatly appreciated.
Have you ever wondered where split peas come from? I used to wonder that as a child, as did my children when they were young. Split peas (Pisum sativum) are a legume, and available whole or split. They ‘re made by drying fully mature pea pods. When skins are removed the peas split in half. Don’t confuse split or dried peas with lentils as they're not the same. Dried peas or split peas are either a bright green or a yellow color; nutritionally they're the same but the yellow color has a milder flavor. I prefer the more robust flavor and brighter color of the green split peas. Have you ever tried one of the others? Which is your favorite?
Split peas are an excellent source of many macro and micro-nutrients. They supply fiber, B-vitamins, isoflavones (phytochemicals), protein, carbohydrate, manganese, copper and molybdenum. All this and zero fat! Now that cold weather is approaching, a hearty bowl of split peas is so delicious, comforting and nutritious any way you prepare them. Try my favorite recipe and share yours with us.
Try one of the many delicious hearty recipes in Flavorful Fortified Food -Recipes to Enrich Life available from our website or on Kindle.
DIGNA'S FAVORITE SPLIT PEA SOUP
Digna and Linda have years of experience working with individuals needing assistance to eat sufficient calories and protein in multiple settings. Flavorful Fortified Food - Recipes to Enrich Life is our way to share this knowledge with clients, patients, athletes, caregivers, and professionals.