According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, older men and women need 1,200 milligrams of calcium each day. It’s important for bone health, as strong bones are less likely to break during a fall or accident. While some foods like sardines and collard greens have calcium, it’s easy to get enough calcium through dairy foods. Here are some of the best low-fat dairy choices for your loved one that senior care aides can supply them with. If your parents are also trying to keep their fat intake to a minimum, choose these items.
Skim ricotta has approximately 335 milligrams of calcium. Use it as a filling for pasta shells or ravioli. You can make homemade ravioli using whole wheat flour to make the dough. Mix the ricotta with fresh herbs and shrimp if your parents like seafood.
Plain low-fat yogurt is high in calcium. A six-ounce serving has 310 milligrams of calcium. Buy plain yogurt with no added sugar. Greek yogurt has less calcium (200 milligrams), so stick to plain low-fat yogurt.
Your parents can add chopped fruit like apples and bananas, nuts, and a drizzle of honey to make it more palatable if they want to. They can also use plain yogurt in a nutritious smoothie. To make it, blend a banana, a cup of frozen berries, and a six-ounce serving of yogurt.
A Glass of Skim Milk
Your parents could have a cup of skim milk each day. An eight-ounce glass of skim milk has 300 milligrams of calcium. If they find milk difficult to drink, you could stir in some instant coffee powder and serve it over ice for a quick cup of iced coffee each morning.
Would Meal Preparation from Senior Care Providers Help Your Parents Eat Well?
Calcium helps keep bones and teeth strong. If you worry that your parents aren’t eating the right foods, it’s crucial to have a conversation about their diet and the health benefits of dairy. Then, find out why they make the choices they do make.
It could be as simple as food preparation being too hard for them to manage on their own. Arthritis pain in the hips, knees, and ankles can make it hard to stand for an extended time. Pain in the fingers and wrists makes it hard to hold a knife for chopping, mincing, and peeling.
Let senior care aides help your parents with meal preparation. A caregiver can talk to your parents about their favorite foods, help them shop for nutritious snacks and ingredients, and cook meals and snacks for them. Call our senior care specialist to discuss services and prices.