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Elderly Care Tips: Healthy Meal Ideas for Seniors

Senior Care in Petaluma CA

If your loved ones are receiving in-home care due to a health condition, you may be concerned over their eating and lifestyle habits. You have every right to be concerned over your aging relative’sSenior-Care-Petaluma-CA eating habits because many medical conditions could be prevented and cured through exercise and a healthy diet. Whether the their appetite has diminished or they are unwilling to change the diet they have had for years, there are several tasty and easy-to-make recipes that will give the elder the nutrients their bodies need without having to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

Breakfast

  • Peanut butter toast: Spread protein-packed peanut or almond butter on whole-wheat toast and serve with fruit.
  • Oatmeal with fruit. During those cold winter months, warm oatmeal is the perfect way for your loved one to start the day. Top with berries and a little bit of honey for sweetness.
  • Hard-boiled egg: Hard-boiled eggs are easy to make and is the perfect way to get the elder to eat more protein. Serve it with fruit and whole-wheat toast for a balanced breakfast.
  • Pancakes or waffles: While regular pancakes and waffles are anything but healthy, using whole-grain batter with flaxseed will give these popular breakfast items plenty of fiber and the health kick your loved one needs. Walnuts or almonds can be added for extra protein.
  • Yogurt parfait: Layers of yogurt, fruit, and nuts take minutes to prepare, but will give the elder a good dose of vitamin C, healthy fat, and carbohydrates.

Lunch

  • Omelet: Who says omelets are only for breakfast? This versatile meal can be customized to the senior’s liking, allowing them to choose the veggies and cheese they would like. If you loved one finds it difficult to taste food, chili and other spices will awaken their taste buds.
  • Salmon: One of the best ways to get omega-3 fatty acids is by eating salmon two to three times per week. Place on a whole grain wrap with avocado slices and tomato for a salmon wrap.
  • Quinoa salad: Saute stir-fry vegetables in olive oil, place on top of cooked quinoa, and toss with Italian dressing. Pine nuts or pecans are also a great addition to this hearty salad.
  • Eggs and red potatoes: Fry chopped potatoes in a buttered skillet over medium heat. Once they are cooked, add scrambled eggs and cook until the eggs are hot. To prevent high blood pressure and water retention, swap the salt for fresh herbs and spices.

Dinner

  • Shrimp pasta: Saute shrimp, garlic, and fresh herbs in a pat of butter and 1 tablespoon until the shrimp is thoroughly cooked. Serve on a bed of pasta.
  • Beans and rice: Beans are an excellent source of fiber, while brown rice will give your loved one the grains they need. Heat black, pinto, or white beans over the stove and serve on brown rice.
  • Chicken salad: Grilled chicken is loaded with protein and the healthy fats your loved one needs to be healthy. Cook a boneless, skinless chicken breast over medium heat in 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Serve on a bed of leafy green veggies with your choice of spices, herbs, or dressing.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care services in Petaluma, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! Sonoma County: (707) 238-5700 or Marin County: (415) 942-8955

Source
Jackal, Donna. “18 Quick and Easy Meals for Seniors.”

World Health Organization. “Nutrition for older persons.”