Nutrition Tips for Busy Caregivers

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
04/29/15  10:10 PM PST
Nutrition Tips

Family caregivers are very busy people–so busy at times, that important things such as nutrition and adequate sleep often get put on the back burner. Many caregivers often feel overwhelmed and tired and don’t take enough time to eat right. The best way for caregivers to increase their strength and energy levels for their busy day is through good, balanced nutrition. Making small changes can make a big difference, and the health benefits are worth the effort. Consider these basic nutrition tips for caregivers for some simple ways to get started:

5 healthy eating tips for caregivers

  1. Break for breakfast

We’ve heard it all before that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it really is true. The body needs fuel and the right balance of nutrients to begin a busy day. Breakfast can be simple and does not have to be a stove-cooked meal, especially for those on a time constraint. Try a bowl of bran or whole grain cereal with sliced banana, or a bowl of 1-minute oats topped with a dab of honey and cinnamon, dried cranberries and sliced almonds. A small serving of orange juice also provides a great boost, along with the main meal.

  1. Have a healthy snack

Small snacks between meals are a simple and smart way to keep up energy levels. Something as basic as an apple, a handful of unsalted nuts or a stick of string cheese with a few crackers can go a long way to keep up with an action-packed day.

  1. Stay hydrated

Drinking water throughout the day is a critical part of keeping the body nourished and energized. For an added burst of light and refreshing flavor, try adding a few slices of orange or cucumber to your water.

  1. Accept help from friends and family with meals

Don’t be afraid to ask for a little help. Setting up a dinner drop-off a couple of times a month is a very helpful way to ease the caregiver schedule and provide a break.

  1. Cook by the batch

Cook a box of pasta and top with your favorite sauce and sautéed veggies. Save the left-overs to have for lunch during the week. The same can be done by making a batch of chicken or tuna salad.

A caregiver who takes the time to eat healthy meals during the day is much better equipped to manage the daily demands of their dedicated role.

This information is intended for educational purposes only. Please consult your health care professional for questions about your nutrition.

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