Did you know that heart disease and stroke take one life every minute? In fact, 90% of Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Every February, the Heart and Stroke Foundation continues with its more than 60 yearlong tradition of spreading awareness about heart disease. It is the foundation’s goal to put heart health on the public agenda, empowering researchers to seek other treatment options and educating Canadians about their risks and what they can do to lower those risks.
As a leading provider of senior care in Toronto, we applaud the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s efforts and wanted to share one of our favourite heart healthy recipes for dinner because we know a heart healthy diet is one of the best ways to reduce risk for heart disease and stroke. The following recipe for salmon teriyaki and steamed carrots is easy to prepare, making it perfect for seniors or busy caregivers.
1 tablespoon low-sodium teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon peanut oil
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
6 ounces fresh salmon fillet
1 tablespoon finely sliced scallions
2 small carrots sliced into rounds
- Set the oven to 350 F.
- Steam the carrots for 30 minutes.
- Add the grated ginger to the teriyaki sauce and blend the two together.
- Brush the salmon with the peanut oil, then brush it with the teriyaki and ginger sauce.
- Put the salmon on a baking pan, slide it into the preheated oven and let it bake until done, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
- Top the cooked salmon with the scallions.
Benefits for Seniors
Our Toronto caregivers love this recipe because it is full of benefits for the heart. Salmon is not only a great source of protein, it is packed with beneficial omega-3 fatty acids which can help reduce inflammation throughout the body, protecting blood vessels and reducing risk for heart disease. Eating at least one to two servings of fish a week can help decrease triglycerides, lower blood pressure and reduce blood clotting, all further promoting overall heart health and minimizing risk for stroke, heart failure or heart disease. The ginger and scallions in this dish promote heart health too. Ginger is known to help reduce inflammation, while scallions offer protection against heart disease, hypertension, and even some cancers.
While the aging body often develops an increased risk for heart disease and stroke, forming certain habits can reduce risk. Along with eating a well balanced diet, seniors should not smoke, limit alcohol, exercise regularly, and avoid stress as much as possible. To learn more about how to protect the senior heart, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Toronto. Along with specialized Toronto stroke care, we also offer flexible hourly and live-in care for seniors who need help with healthy meal preparation, light housekeeping, personal care, medication reminders and more. Call us at 416-488-8777 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.