Returning home after a stroke and getting back to day-to-day activities can be challenging — especially when it comes to preparing tasty and nutritious meals. Many stroke survivors have special dietary needs that make meal planning even more essential.
hero_image_alt_text===Knife on cutting board
thumbnail_alt_text===Knife on cutting board
For stroke survivors it is helpful to make weekly menus that allow for effectively monitoring sodium, cholesterol and carbohydrate intake. This also allows for stroke survivors to have ease of knowing what to make and having the recipes on hand as guides. Meal planning also give the ability to create grocery lists with more ease.
Grocery lists can then be used to shorten tiresome, long supermarket trips. If the idea of going to the supermarket is overwhelming there are now many great options to ordering food online or through supermarket delivery services. If ordering online is not something someone is comfortable with consulting with local store mangers or customer service representative for a more helpful option may be best.
Having the right tools in the kitchen such as good grip knives, rocker knives, and food processors make a big difference in preparing food. Jar openers and rubber grip pads for cutting boards also allow for easier handling. Having these items on hand also allow for batches of meals to be made and freeze for healthier meal convenience.
It is important that stroke survivors do not skip meals despite challenges of appetite or swallowing issues. Kick-starting your day with a healthy breakfasts prepares your metabolism to work as needed throughout the day. This keeps up your bodies energy and maintains your body chemistry levels throughout the day.
So find what works best for you to sustain your body and prepare meals with ease.