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Spring Into Health

Blossoming Nutrition and How Medicare Can Help

As the last remnants of winter melt away, the world around us begins to transform. Spring has officially kicked off, bringing with it longer days, warmer weather, and the promise of renewal. It's a season that inspires change, not just in the world around us but within ourselves as well. This spring, let's embrace the spirit of rejuvenation by focusing on eating healthy — a cornerstone of vibrant living at any age, especially for those covered by Medicare. Be sure to check out the recipes below.

The Bounty of Spring: A Feast for Your Health

Spring’s arrival heralds the return of farmers’ markets bursting with fresh produce. The season’s bounty is not just a feast for the eyes but a treasure trove of nutritional benefits. From leafy greens like spinach and kale, which are packed with vitamins A, C, and K, to cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, rich in fiber and antioxidants, spring offers an abundance of choices to enrich your diet.

Incorporating these seasonal foods into your meals can help manage weight, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and boost your immune system. For seniors, especially, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains is key to maintaining health and vitality.

Medicare: Your Partner in Health

For Medicare beneficiaries, there’s good news: Medicare recognizes the critical role of nutrition in maintaining health and managing diseases. Under certain plans, Medicare offers coverage for nutrition therapy services for individuals diagnosed with diabetes, kidney disease, or who have undergone a kidney transplant recently. Additionally, some Medicare Advantage plans may offer extra benefits, including programs for weight loss or meal delivery services, making it easier for seniors to access nutritious foods.

Embracing Healthy Eating This Spring

  1. Explore Seasonal Recipes: Take advantage of the season’s fresh produce by trying new recipes. Whether it’s a vibrant salad or a light, vegetable-based soup, spring’s offerings make healthy eating both delicious and varied.
  2. Visit Local Farmers’ Markets: Support local agriculture and enjoy the freshest produce by shopping at farmers’ markets. It’s also a great way to discover new ingredients and ask growers about the best ways to prepare their offerings.
  3. Consult with a Dietitian: If you’re a Medicare beneficiary eligible for nutrition therapy services, consider consulting with a registered dietitian. They can help tailor a nutritional plan to your specific health needs, guiding you on how to incorporate the season’s best into your diet.
  4. Stay Hydrated: With temperatures rising, staying hydrated becomes even more important. While water is the best choice, hydrating foods like cucumbers, strawberries, and watermelon can also contribute to your fluid intake.
  5. Enjoy Outdoor Dining: There’s something about eating outdoors that makes meals feel more special. As the weather allows, enjoy your nutritious meals outside, whether it’s a picnic in the park or dining al fresco at home.

This spring, let’s sow the seeds of health by embracing the season’s fresh produce and taking full advantage of the nutritional support offered by Medicare. Eating healthy isn’t just a pathway to longevity; it’s a way to enhance the quality of life, allowing us to enjoy every moment of this beautiful season and beyond.

Gourmet Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:

  • 6 large eggs
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp pickle juice or vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Dash of salt and pepper
 

For the Toppings:

 

Instructions:

  1. Cooking Eggs: Place the eggs in a large pot and cover them completely with cold water. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, remove the pot from the heat, cover it with a lid, and let it sit for 14 minutes to achieve perfectly cooked yolks.
  2. Cooling Eggs: Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice and water. After 14 minutes, transfer the eggs from the pot to the ice bath with a slotted spoon. This stops the cooking process and makes the eggs easier to peel.
  3. Peeling and Preparing Eggs: Once cooled, peel the eggs gently. Slice each egg in half lengthwise. Carefully remove the yolks and place them in a medium bowl. Arrange the halved egg whites on a serving plate.
  4. Yolk Mixture: Mash the yolks with a fork until smooth. Add the mayonnaise, pickle juice or vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper to the yolks. Mix thoroughly until the yolk mixture is smooth and creamy.
  5. Filling Egg Whites: Using a spoon or a piping bag for a more refined presentation, fill the egg white halves with the yolk mixture. Ensure each egg white half is generously filled.
  6. Adding Toppings: Garnish each deviled egg with your choice of toppings. Consider combinations like candied pecan bacon and fresh dill for a balance of sweet and savory, or candied jalapeños for a spicy kick. Sprinkle with Old Bay Seasoning or paprika for added color and flavor.
Recipe crafted by Chef Paully of The Treehouse + Co. www.thetreehouseandco.com

Parmesan Kale Chips

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. fresh kale
  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • Freshly grated parmesan

 

Instructions:

  1. Preparation: Start by preheating your air fryer to 375°F (190°C). This ensures that the cooking environment is ready for immediate crisping of the kale.
  2. Kale Preparation: Carefully remove any thick stems from the kale leaves to ensure an even and delicate crispiness in every bite.
  3. Oiling: Place the de-stemmed kale leaves into a mixing bowl. Gently massage the olive oil into the kale, ensuring each leaf is lightly coated. This step is crucial for achieving an evenly crispy texture without the kale becoming greasy.
  4. Seasoning: Sprinkle the kosher salt over the oiled kale, tossing gently to distribute the seasoning evenly.
  5. Cooking: If necessary, divide the kale into two batches to avoid overcrowding in the air fryer basket. Spread the kale in an even layer within the basket to promote optimal air circulation and crisping.
  6. Air Frying: Cook the kale for 4-6 minutes, or until it reaches your preferred level of crispiness. Halfway through the cooking time, shake the basket to ensure the kale chips cook evenly.
  7. Finishing Touches: Once cooked, taste the kale chips and, if desired, add additional salt. Top with freshly grated parmesan.

Recipe crafted by Chef Paully of The Treehouse + Co. www.thetreehouseandco.com

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