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Tasty Vegetarian Dishes for the Elderly

By Jennifer Thompson, 9:00 am on

Eating a healthy diet can be difficult for seniors. It may be even more challenging for those following a strict vegetarian diet, but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of tasty and easy-to-prepare vegetarian meals seniors can try. Nashville part-time care providers hope family caregivers will consider making some of these foods with their elderly loved ones.

Oatmeal

One of the most nutritious options for a vegetarian breakfast is oatmeal. Oatmeal is a whole grain and is both filling and heart-healthy, making it a premier breakfast choice for seniors who require Nashville in-home stroke care. Prepare it on the stovetop or in less than a minute in the microwave using quick oats. This meal can be modified to fit the preferences and dietary needs of your senior loved one. Serve it with soy or almond milk and top it with fruit or nuts for an additional nutritional boost. If your loved one has a sweet tooth, top it off with some maple syrup, brown sugar or even chocolate chips.

Pasta

Both white and whole-grain pasta can make an excellent addition to a vegetarian diet. Once the pasta has been cooked, mix in stir-fried vegetables, cheese, butter, pesto, or marinara sauces. An easy favorite to make is spaghetti with marinara sauce and zucchini. If your loved one doesn’t care for marinara, mix up some pasta with a little butter, some Parmesan cheese, and sundried tomatoes for a delicious and filling vegetarian meal.

Beans

Beans are another good source of protein in a vegetarian diet. They can be eaten with rice and topped with salsa for a modified Mexican dish, or enjoyed as a side dish. Vegetarian chili is another nutritious option that you both can easily prepare in a slow cooker. Simply combine a can of kidney and pinto beans, a can of corn, some tomato sauce, and a packet of chili spice together in a slow cooker and let the mixture simmer for a few hours. Pair it with cornbread to complete this delicious and healthy vegetarian meal for your senior loved one.

Nutrition plays a vital role in senior health in wellness, which is why Home Care Assistance is dedicated to providing comprehensive home care Nashville seniors will love. Our highly trained and friendly caregivers prepare nutritious meals, help with daily exercise, and offer companionship to enhance senior health and emotional wellbeing. We tailor care programs to meet your loved one’s individual needs, whether that requires a few hours of assistance each week or live-in home care. You can learn more about our services when you call (615) 656-4999 and schedule a free consultation with a dedicated Care Manager today.