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July 30th is National Cheesecake Day

Elder Care Sanibel FL

Elder Care Sanibel FL

Cheesecake is a dessert that is enjoyed by Americans of all ages. It is a creamy, sweet, and delicious treat that is wonderful when made at home. For caregivers and their elder loved ones who are striving to eat a healthy diet, however, cheesecake may be a treat that isn’t often on the menu. While enjoying your favorite cheesecake recipe for a special occasion such as National Cheesecake Day on July 30th is a fun idea, there are also many ways to modify traditional cheesecake to give it a healthy makeover, making it a treat to enjoy more often. Read on for some tips and tricks for making a healthier cheesecake that you and your elder loved one can enjoy on July 30th and whenever you need to make a delicious dessert for a birthday, party, or special event.

* Use Cottage Cheese

While cream cheese is tasty and has a creamy texture, that same creamy texture can be achieved with cottage cheese. Cottage cheese is lower in saturated fat, making it a great choice for elderly adults who are striving to eat a heart healthy diet or anyone who is trying to maintain a healthy weight. Cream cheese right out of the container is lumpy, not creamy, but when it is pureed in a food processor, it will develop a silky smooth texture that is perfect for your cheesecake.

* Use Greek Yogurt

Using greek yogurt in place of cream cheese is another way to reduce the fat and calories in your traditional cheese cake. Greek yogurt is also an excellent source of protein. One of the wonderful things about greek yogurt is that it already has a smooth, rich, custard-like texture.

* Chocolate Cheesecake Topping

Blending some melted chocolate with ricotta cheese can make a simple and delicious cheesecake-like topping that can be pipped onto just about anything! Try spreading some on a wafer cookie or a graham cracker crust made with finely ground nuts mixed in and top with sliced strawberries.

* Use Unsweetened Fruit

Instead of making a cheesecake topping with fruit and sugar, opt for unsweetened fruit. This will reduce the sugar content of your dessert without compromising flavor. Try topping your cheesecake with fresh berries, tropical fruit such as mango and pineapple, or baked apples and pears that are sprinkled with cinnamon.

Source: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_cheesecake_recipes

If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care Services in Sanibel FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065 .

Ted Wolfendale

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.