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Ways to Celebrate Your Caregiver this Holiday Season

November is National Family Caregivers Month and, although we give thanks to our amazing caregivers all year long, it’s a time of year when we especially let our caregivers know that we simply couldn’t do it without them. Caregivers are defined as a family member or paid helper who regularly cares for the needs of a child or sick, elderly or disabled person. Whether your caregiver is a fellow family member or a hired professional, caregivers develop intimate bonds with their loved ones and patients. This holiday season, take some stress off your caregiver with these top 5 ways to celebrate caregivers:

  1. Help your caregiver decorate their home for the holidays

If you have an in-home caregiver who comes to your home to assist you with activities of daily living (ADL), it can be easy to forget that your in-home caregiver has a personal life of his or her own. It’s probably at the top of their list to help you decorate your home for the holidays so, if you’re able, return the favor and help your in-home caregiver decorate his or her home! It can be a great bonding experience to share with your in-home caregiver, and it will also save them hours of time in their hectic schedules! If you have a live-in caregiver who actually resides inside your home to help with assisted living, make your caregiver feel a part of the family by inviting them to join in on the holiday decorating, play a special holiday CD or movie, and get everyone in the holiday spirit!

  1. Stay positive and show appreciation for your caregiver

We’ve all been there before. It is often hardest to stay optimistic and appreciative while fighting the symptoms, pain and depression associated with illness and aging, especially around the holidays. However, it’s very important to maintain positivity and show thanks to your caregiver for sacrificing his or her own time and energy to ensure that you have the best home care.  Remember, it always goes a long way when you remember to be polite — even a simple “please” and “thank you” can be monumental to a caregiver during their long hours of care.

  1. Prepare a delicious meal for your caregiver

If your in-home caregiver or live-in caregiver usually does the cooking around the house, surprise them with a special homecooked dinner! After all, the fastest way to a caregiver’s heart is through his or her stomach, right? Humor aside, home care assistance usually leaves little time for caregivers to actually sit down and eat, so a homecooked meal will leave quite the impression on your caregiver’s holiday season.

  1. Give your caregiver a small present

After all, it is the season for giving, right? Caregivers are devoted to supporting their loved ones and patients’ health all year long, so the holidays are a great time to show your appreciation! Don’t feel like you have to get a large, expensive gift — a small, thoughtful present or simply a day off from their assisted living duties would be the perfect holiday present!

  1. Remind your caregiver that self-care is important

It’s easy for caregivers to get caught up in thinking only about the loved one for whom they are caring, completely forgetting about the importance of maintaining their own mental and physical health. With that in mind, caregiver burnout is unfortunately very popular among hardworking caretakers who work long, demanding hours while ignoring the importance of self-care. To help your caretaker avoid caregiver burnout, suggest that he or she reserve an hour or two to personally revitalize their own physical and mental health each day.

Now that you know how to celebrate your caregiver this holiday season, we want to give you a chance to nominate your caregiver for the chance to receive a $100 VISA gift card as a “thank you” for being such a great in-home or live-in caregiver. With this gift card, the winning caregiver may use the card for some much deserved, relaxing self-care, or anything else he or she likes.

If you’ve made it to our blog, perhaps you deal with incontinence issues, or you know or care for someone who does. So although only one lucky caregiver will win the $100 VISA gift card, every family member or patient who nominates their caregiver, and each nominated caregiver, will receive a special 15 percent off discount code, applicable to all Wearever incontinence underwear, panties and briefs products!  Stay tuned for more details to come on our Facebook page and get ready to nominate your special caregiver!

Many Women Are Not Discussing Incontinence With Their Doctors

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In the US alone, nearly 50% of women who are older than 50 years of age admit to having problems with incontinence. According to a new poll, these incontinence problems can range from minor irritations to significant inconveniences. However, while so many women deal with this persistent issue, most of them are too embarrassed to tell their doctor. Approximately two-thirds of women with incontinence fail to discuss their problem with a doctor while only 38% of women claim to do the daily exercises to strengthen their bladder muscles. Instead of seeking the help of a professional, women are discreetly leaning on other strategies to manage their urinary incontinence.

November 2018 Report

In the November 2018 Report: Urinary Incontinence: An Inevitable Part of Aging? from the National Poll on Healthy Aging, over 1,000 women between the ages of 50 and 80 took part in the poll. Of those women, 43% of the women in their early 50s and 60s claimed to experience bouts of incontinence while 51% of women 65 and older experienced the same. However, instead of confiding in their doctors, the polls show that these women used other strategies to manage their urinary incontinence. Here are the results:

  • 59% use protective pads/undergarments
  • 38% do pelvic floor exercises
  • 16% limit their fluid intake
  • 15% modify their wardrobe to hide accidents

Due to these results, the National Poll on Healthy Aging believes that more doctors and physicians should be asking their female patients about incontinence issues routinely. Additionally, of the women who claimed to experience issues with urinary incontinence, 41% described it as either a major or small problem. One-third of those with leakage experienced about an episode a day.

Triggers and Exercises

In the November 2018 report, researchers also looked at the triggers of urinary incontinence within women. They found that the most common triggers were usually coughing or sneezing. In fact, 79%  experienced these triggers. However, approximately 49% of women claimed that their trigger was laughing, while 37% claimed that exercised triggered leaks. To help soothe the symptoms of incontinence and strengthen bladder muscles, doctors and physicians highly recommend completing kegel exercises. However, only 38% of women actually do them. If done consistently, kegels can truly be an effective form of physical therapy for incontinence.

While there are many treatment options available to help reduce the frequency of incontinence, it’s highly necessary for women–of all ages–to take the necessary steps and open up about their problems with incontinence.

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Recipe of the Month: Crumb-topped Apple Trio Pie

Leaves are turning brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange, the weather is getting colder and we’re turning our home thermostats from air conditioning to heating for the first time of the year. This can only mean one thing — the holiday season is upon us! If you’re anything like us, the holidays make your inner-baker come out, from Thanksgiving meals and Christmas to New Years and beyond. This Crumb-topped Apple Trio Pie is the perfect, classic dish with a twist and will satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth at holiday gatherings, events or even just because. Read more to learn how to add this delicious treat to your kitchen table, then share with your friends and family!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 15-ounce package rolled refrigerated unbaked pie crust (1 crust)
  • 2 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups peeled, cored and thinly sliced Granny Smith apples (about 3/4 pound)
  • 2 cups peeled, cored and thinly sliced Jonagold or Jonathan apples (about 3/4 pound)
  • 2 cups peeled, cored and thinly sliced Braeburn, McIntosh or Northern Spy apples (about 3/4 pound)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2-3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Walnut Crumb Topping (recipe follows)
  • Vanilla Ice Cream

Instructions:

  1. Let pie crust stand according to package directions. Unroll pie crust; place into a 9-inch pie plate. Tuck pie crust under and flute edges. Do not prick pie crust. Brush the pie crust bottom and sides with the melted butter; set aside.
  2. Let pie crust stand according to package directions. Unroll pie crust; place into a 9-inch pie plate. Tuck pie crust under and flute edges. Do not prick pie crust. Brush the pie crust bottom and sides with the melted butter; set aside.
  3. To prevent overbrowning, cover edge of pie with foil. Place the pie on the oven’s center rack at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a large baking sheet covered with foil on a rack under the pie. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes more or until apples are tender, filling is bubbly and topping is golden. (If necessary, loosely cover top of pie with foil the last 30 to 40 minutes.) Cool on a wire rack. Serve pie slightly warm with ice cream. Makes 8 servings.

Walnut Crumb Topping Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices

Walnut Crumb Topping Instructions:

  1. In a food processor, combine walnuts, sugar and brown sugar. Cover and process to grind the walnuts.
  2. Remove the lid; add flour, oats, salt and cinnamon. Cover and process until combined.
  3. Remove the lid; scatter butter over the flour mixture. Cover and process until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Transfer to a large bowl; rub the crumbs between your fingers to make larger, buttery crumbs.

We’re so excited to make this dish that we can practically smell the apples baking now. Since you’ll likely be travelling from house to house eating meals with family and friends this holiday season, don’t forget that Wearever Women’s Incontinence Panties and Wearever Men’s Incontinence Briefs will protect you from light to heavy leakage so you can maintain your highest confidence on the go. View the full recipe from Midwest Living here, and we hope you enjoy this Crumb-topped Apple Trio Pie throughout the holidays (or all year long)!

How To Manage Nocturia

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Living with incontinence can cause a long list of effects that can truly take control of your life. Incontinence does more than interrupt daily activities with its incessant need for frequent urination. It can also significantly impair one’s ability to sleep. Countless symptoms and consequences are associated with lack of sleep alone; combined with the effects of incontinence, it can truly diminish one’s overall quality of life.

Taking a Closer Look At Incontinence

Currently, urinary incontinence affects over 200 million people around the world. Of that 200 million, women are 25% more likely to suffer from this inconvenient condition than men are. Urinary incontinence is typically categorized into two different forms: stress incontinence and urge incontinence. Stress incontinence usually occurs when there is pressure on the abdomen from physical activity, sneezing, coughing, laughing, etc. On the other hand, urge incontinence consists of a frequent and intense need to urinate without the ability to control or stop it. Both forms of urinary incontinence can severely affect individuals on a day to day basis, and in many circumstances, it can also affect their sleep patterns. Nighttime incontinence, also known as nocturia, is a very common symptom of urinary incontinence. With nocturia, individuals are woken up consistently throughout the night with the urgent need to urinate. This results in a great lack of sleep which can contribute to various debilitating symptoms.

Managing Nocturia

The symptoms that come from a lack of sleep can be quite serious. If you add that together with urinary incontinence, individuals are looking at a severe decrease in quality of life. To help manage nocturia, here are a few tips to try out:

 

  • Elevate your feet: Swollen ankles and swollen legs can actually contribute to one’s incontinence. By elevating your feet frequently throughout the day, the water that’s causing the swelling can drain from the ankles.

 

  • Time your medication: If you take medication, then you know that there are various side effects that are associated with it. Depending on the medication, one of the side effects could be frequent urination. Be sure to check your medication’s side effects to see if frequent urination is one of them. If so, it’s best that you don’t take it before bedtime in an effort to avoid nocturia.  

 

  • Watch your beverage intake: There are a variety of beverages that contain substances that can irritate the bladder. Drinks such as coffee, tea, sodas, and alcohol tend to cause excessive urination. By limiting these specific beverages–and the time you drink them–you can help reduce your nocturia.

 

By implementing these tips in your day-to-day routine, you will be able to better manage your nighttime incontinence.

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3 Ways to Learn About Technology for National Computer Learning Month

October is National Computer Learning Month, an observance dedicated to staying up to date with the latest computer and technology capabilities. In particular, senior citizens can find it extremely difficult to keep up with the latest computer knowledge with constant software updates and hardware upgrades flooding the market. If you’re tired of feeling out of the loop with how to use your computer, check out our guide for seniors to learn more about computers and troubleshoot issues with technology:

  1. Read About Computers Every Day

It’s true. Reading is truly one of the best ways to learn and retain information, especially about computers and technology! The more you read and become familiar with computer terms and best practices for navigating the web, the easier it will be to truly master your device. There are so many great resources out there dedicated to publishing new, relevant information about computers, like GCF Global Learning and LifeWire. Both of these websites explore the basics and fundamentals of computers, while introducing you to social media, troubleshooting techniques and the newest technology!

  1. Ask Your Grandchild or a Trusted Teenager for Help

When it comes to technology, there isn’t much that the younger generation doesn’t know about using and repairing it. In fact, this could be one of the quickest and easiest resources for learning more about how to use your computer. The grandkids will be happy to share their tips and tricks for browsing the Internet and taking advantage of other computer programs that can make your life easier! If you don’t have any grandchildren or they’re located in a different state, consider asking a trusted teenager, like a friend’s child or grandchild.

  1. Buy the Newest Technology on the Market

It is so much easier to learn about the ins and outs of a computer when you toss out the old technology and replace it with the latest upgrades. If you’re using a new desktop computer or laptop, you’ll be able to navigate the web quicker without long loading delays. Also, help services will be able to more easily assist you if you hit a road block!

Now that you know a few helpful tips for learning more about technology, every month can be National Computer Learning Month! We challenge you to work toward computer proficiency every day, so the next time your grandchildren are over, they’ll be asking you for advice!

Diseases that Lead to Urinary Incontinence Symptoms

Most people know that loss of bladder control leads to urinary incontinence or light to heavy leakage throughout the day and night. And, although it is very common in older men and women, urinary incontinence is not inevitable for seniors as they age. But what most people don’t know is that urinary incontinence can emerge as a symptom of certain diseases that affect our nerve endings, such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Here’s why each of these diseases can affect bladder control, resulting in leakage:

Diabetes and Incontinence

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Type 1 diabetes occurs when the human body does not make enough insulin, caused by the immune system attacking and destroying pancreatic cells that produce insulin. Urinary complications from Type 1 diabetes can arise because of the damage the disease causes to blood vessels and nerve-endings in our bodies. In most people, this nerve damage slows the communication between bladder muscles and the brain, which causes the bladder muscles to release before the brain knows it’s time to visit the restroom.

Alternatively, nerve damage from Type 1 diabetes can also weaken bladder muscles so that the bladder cannot completely empty during urination. In this case, the bladder muscles do usually have time to communicate with the brain but, after urination, those affected will notice light to heavy leakage after they feel as though they’ve completely emptied their bladders.

Like Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes can also lead to urinary incontinence symptoms. However, symptoms of urinary incontinence in individuals with Type 2 diabetes usually results from body weight pressing against the pelvic muscles, causing the bladder muscles to release. In general, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can cause frequent urination due to increased fluid intake, as diabetes can cause increased thirst as a result of excess glucose in the bloodstream. As you can imagine, drinking more liquids means increased, frequent stress on bladder muscles that are already weakened, often exacerbating the issue.

Multiple Sclerosis and Incontinence

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Similar to diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS) can also cause bladder control problems due to the delayed transmission of nerve signals between the bladder and the brain. Multiple sclerosis is a disease that causes the immune system to eat away at protective coverings on nerves, resulting in – among other symptoms – issues with nerve signals that usually tell the brain that the body needs to release urine. Like diabetes, damaged nerve-endings from MS can result in an overactive bladder that cannot hold the usual amount of urine, or it can also cause urinary retention, which is when the bladder muscles are too weak to properly empty, causing leakage after the body thinks it has fully emptied the bladder. Both of these conditions can cause a myriad of symptoms including urgent urination, delayed start of urination and nighttime urination.

The Solution: Wearever® Incontinence Products

Urinary incontinence can create major challenges in managing one’s work, home, and social life. Because of the constant fear of light to heavy leakage, people with urinary incontinence can feel a loss of self-esteem, self-confidence and general independence. However, if you have urinary incontinence, it’s important to remember that you are not alone and that there are resources and products out there that can dramatically improve your daily lifestyle and help you return to a sense of normalcy.

incontinence pantyAmong these resources are Wearever incontinence products for men and women. Wearever incontinence underwear, incontinence panties, and incontinence briefs are 100 percent washable for 200 – 250 loads, which saves individuals substantial time and money. In fact, washable undergarments typically save over $400 a year compared to buying disposable panties and briefs.

Among our most popular styles for women are our Midrise Maximum Panty and the Maximum Absorbency Bikini Cut Panty, depending on which style you prefer. Both are stylish, heavily absorbing solutions to leakage caused by urinary incontinence. Each style actually offers even more protection than our regular Women’s Super Incontinence Panty, while continuing our tradition of soft cotton and polyester fabric. Even better, the fabric is lined with antimicrobial protection that reduces odor-causing bacteria!

incontinence briefsComplete with the perfect combination of high-absorbency materials and style, our Maximum Absorbency Bikini Cut Panties are lab-tested and proven to absorb up to 20 fluid ounces of liquid, making them the most absorbent of our Wearever incontinence panties. These panties provide all-day double protection against light to heavy leakage.

For men, one of our most popular styles is our Maximum Absorbency H-Fly Boxer Brief. Holding up to 20 ounces of liquid, it is our highest absorbency boxer brief and is ideal for men dealing with moderate to heavy incontinence. The sewn-in Unique-Dri pad traps both excess liquids and unwanted odors, while the horizontal fly design makes accessibility and breathability easier than ever before. Toss out those pads and disposable undergarments and replace them with this stylish, effective and reusable Wearever option, good for up to 250 washes!

In addition to these styles, we have over a dozen more styles to choose from in Women’s and Men’s!

Top 4 Halloween Costumes for Seniors

Halloween is the one day of the year when we can dress up as whoever we want to be, head out into the world and celebrate with other adults dressed as pop culture icons, superheroes, world leaders and more. As we grow older, it can get harder for us to get out of the house — but you should never let this get in the way of your Halloween spirit. From classic selections to new-age picks, check out this year’s top 4 Halloween costumes for seniors:

  1. Popeye and Olive Oyl

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How could we not start with this classic couple? Popeye the Sailor first appeared in a comic strip in 1929, gaining popularity and strength from his obsession with canned spinach. His iconic, flapper-type counterpart, Olive Oyl, is commonly regarded as Popeye’s girlfriend thanks to the television shows and movies that followed the comic strip. You and your costume partner will be the hit of the neighborhood when you step out as this dynamic duo!

2. Wonder Woman

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Anxiously awaiting the release of the sequel to the box-office hit “Wonder Woman?” We are, too! Get a jump on the premiere by sliding on a pair of golden cuffs and red boots, and dress up as everyone’s favorite Amazonian warrior this Halloween! There are tons of different Wonder Woman costumes available at local Halloween stores and online, and you can even get creative and make your own!

3. Queen Elizabeth II

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Queen Elizabeth II recently stepped into the international spotlight once again, attending the historic wedding of her grandson, Prince Harry, as he said his “I dos” to American film actress Meghan Markle. So, there is no greater power move this Halloween than dressing up as the Queen herself! This costume is perfect regardless of whether you plan to go out for a night on the town or stay in and relax this Halloween! Either way, put on your favorite hat or fascinator and don’t forget to boil up a pot of evening tea!

4. Uncle Sam

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Legendary Uncle Sam is known for personifying the United States beginning during the War of 1812 and is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer who supplied beef to the U.S. army during the war. You probably know Uncle Sam best as a white-haired elderly man wearing a red, white and blue suit, bow tie and top hat. If you do decide to dress up as Uncle Sam this year, promise us that you’ll point to at least one person and sternly say, “I WANT YOU!”

We hope everyone has a great, safe night playing dress-up! Stay dry while you’re all dressed up with Wearever incontinence undergarments for women and men, available in styles protecting from light, moderate and heavy leakage. Happy Halloween!

Obesity Increases Risk For Incontinence In Young Women

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A recent study has revealed that obesity is linked to urinary incontinence in young women. Obesity has the ability to double the risk of urinary incontinence in young to middle-aged women; however, research suggests that young women can reduce this risk by maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthy, and exercising daily.

Obesity and Incontinence

When compared with women of average weight, researchers from the University of Queensland found that obese women ran twice the risk of developing urinary incontinence. It’s believed that the excess weight surrounding the abdomen places pressure on the bladder, leading to incidents of incontinence. In their study, the University of Queensland examined approximately 14 other studies that involved 47,293 women across eight different countries that expressed concerns with incontinence. In their findings, they discovered that nearly 35% of women who were overweight were more likely to have urinary incontinence. However, no differences were found between women younger than 36 and those 36-55 years of age. This finding is quite significant since countless studies that were previously carried out found an increased risk of urinary incontinence amongst older women. Now, it seems that younger women may have this risk. In light of this discovery, the researchers at the University of Queensland stated, “This result point to the importance of excess weight, above and beyond age-related risk” (source).

Additionally, there were a few limitations with the findings. For example, only five of the studies they examined accounted for the women who had given birth. They also did not specify the different categories of obesity. Tayla Lamerton, a PhD candidate in women’s health at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, explains, “We know that urinary incontinence can be a complex issue, especially among younger women…understanding overweight and obesity as a determinant of urinary incontinence could play a role in the way we counsel those affected by the condition, and our findings provide a building block to further explore lifestyle interventions for preventing and managing incontinence.”

For now, researchers recommend that obese women take the proper measures to live a healthier lifestyle. A reduction in weight could very well alleviate the pressure placed on the bladder and pelvic floor muscles, and therefore, reduce the symptoms of incontinence.

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How Often Should You Get Screened For Incontinence?

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The Women’s Preventive Services Initiative released new and updated guidelines for annual urinary incontinence screening for women. Since urinary incontinence can affect women of all ages, it’s essential for them to take part in yearly screenings to ensure peak urinary health. How annual gynecological appointments are highly important for women to take part in, the same concept is being applied to these urinary screenings. With these annual screenings, specialists will be able to note any warning signs of the development of urinary incontinence, as well as help manage it properly.

Urinary Screenings

Currently, urinary incontinence affects approximately 51% of women. While urinary incontinence impacts one’s ability to control their bladder, it also hinders them in other ways. Urinary incontinence can greatly harm one physically, functionally, and even socially. Unfortunately, plenty of negative stigma surrounds this affliction, leaving women and even men embarrassed to discuss their problem with friends, family, and professionals. Across the globe, many women are disinclined to talk to their health care providers about their urinary incontinence, leaving their problem untreated and overlooked. Without treatment, the symptoms of urinary incontinence can grow increasingly worse.

According to the South African Urogynaecology Association, there is a severe lack of studies that regard the widespread presence of urinary incontinence in South African women. It’s easy to assume that the lack of these studies are directly correlated with the fact that many women are hesitant to admit their problem. On their website, the South African Urogynaecology Association explains, “It has been suggested that the prevalence of incontinence and urinary dysfunction globally is lower in Black and Asian women than in White women. However, in the Western Cape the prevalence of daily UI in Black women was 17.2%, in Cape Coloured women 12.8%, and in White women 13.2%” (source).

The New Guidelines for Urinary Screening

The Women’s Preventive Services Initiative came together and created a new set of guidelines that promote annual screening for urinary incontinence. These screenings will help determine if a woman has urinary incontinence and examine how it affects her daily life. Currently, the guidelines to the new screening requirements are published in the journal, Annals of Internal Medicine.

With proactive treatment for urinary incontinence, doctors can help women manage their symptoms and lead an improved quality of life.

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Recipe of the Month: Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

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The end of summer is officially in sight, which means we should take advantage of including fresh, seasonal vegetables in our meals. This chicken, broccoli and sweet potato sheet pan dinner is a healthy, colorful dish that is sure to satisfy the entire family with its zesty, herby flavor. Here are all the steps you need in order to get this hearty dish on the dinner table this evening:

Yield:

  • Serves about 4

Ingredients:

  • 20 ounces sweet potatoes peeled and diced into 3/4-inch cubes (2 medium, about 3 cups)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless and skinless chicken breasts, diced into pieces (about 1 1/4-inches, keeping them similar in size so they cook evenly)
  • 4 cups small broccoli florets
  • 1/2 of a medium red onion, diced into chunks
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon of each: Dried thyme, sage, parsley and rosemary
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup pecans, either whole or roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place sweet potatoes in a mound on a rimmed 18 x 13-inch baking sheet. Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil over top and toss to evenly coat. Spread into an even layer and roast in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, chop and prepare your remaining ingredients.
  4. Remove sweet potatoes from oven. Add chicken pieces, broccoli florets and red onion. Sprinkle with garlic and drizzle the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil over top, making sure to focus on the broccoli florets so they don’t dry out. Toss with a spatula to evenly coat.
  5. Sprinkle evenly with thyme, sage, parsley, rosemary, nutmeg, salt and black pepper. Toss again to evenly coat with seasonings and spread evenly. Return to oven and roast for about 16-20 minutes longer, tossing once halfway through, until center of diced chicken reaches 165 degrees.
  6. Remove from oven, and toss in pecans and cranberries. Serve immediately.

Bon appétit! Best of all, this recipe is perfect for those with incontinence, as it contains fresh vegetables and meats without any dairy, alcohol or artificial sweeteners. View the full recipe by Cooking Classy for additional tips and nutritional information, and prepare to wow the entire family with your cooking skills!