Celebrate National Lasagna Day on July 29th. Lasagna can get a bad rap. People see it as a high-fat dish that’s laden with starchy noodles made from enriched flour, ricotta cheese, and mozzarella cheese. It doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Here are some tricks to making a lasagna that’s packed with nutrition in every tasty bite.
Swap Out Some or All of the Noodles for Vegetables
Thinly sliced eggplant or zucchini makes exceptional lasagna noodles. Salt the slices to remove as much moisture as possible. Rinse them off and pat dry with paper towels. If you don’t want to replace all of the pasta, alternate layers. Make one layer of lasagna noodles and the next should be vegetables.
Make Your Own Sauce
Control ingredients by making your own pasta sauce. Many jarred pasta sauces are sweetened with sugar or corn syrup. Saute a diced onion and garlic, add a large can of crushed tomato and some fresh basil. Let that simmer slowly until thickened.
Replace Ground Beef or Pork Sausage
Forget ground beef or pork sausage. Grab the ground turkey or chicken or chicken or turkey sausage instead. Poultry is a leaner protein. If your parents don’t mind a vegetarian lasagna, skip meat altogether.
Reduce Usage of Cheese
Low-fat cheese or no-fat cheese isn’t always the best option. Reduced fat cheese often has more sodium than its counterpart. For example, Sargento Mild Cheddar’s low-fat cheese has 190 mg of salt per serving while the regular version has 170 mg. It’s not a big difference, but over a day’s time, all that extra sodium can add up.
Stick to regular cheese and ricotta but use less. You can still get the cheese and flavor using a lighter layer. In place of the missing cheese, add more vegetables to create extra layers.
Other Ways for Your Parent to Stay Healthy
Eating healthy is the first step to staying healthy. Make sure your parent gets plenty of exercises as well. Thirty minutes per day is the current recommendation. Your mom and dad should aim for at least that much, but more exercise isn’t a bad thing if the doctor approves it.
To keep them on track, hire a caregiver for home care services. Caregivers can help with menu planning, shopping, and food preparation. Plus, a caregiver can stay and share the meal, which is advantageous when it comes to socialization. Call a home care agency to get started.
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