Our older adults in senior care require proper nutrition just as much as younger adults. It’s important for people of all ages to eat a healthy variety of foods, including daily fruits and vegetables, with high-quality protein, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Reducing red meat, lunchmeats, processed foods, and sugary snacks is smart. Our bodies need to absorb vitamins and minerals from our foods to maintain strength and prevent illness and disease.
Sadly, many older adults in senior care already have chronic illnesses. Examples are high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cardiac disease, and cancer. Poor eating habits and lack of activity or exercise can contribute to these illnesses. Some adults in senior care also require more B and D vitamins than when they were younger.
When elderly adults in senior care are offered quality snacks in between meals, it can help prevent overeating. Healthy foods can stabilize blood sugar and boost energy levels throughout the day, too. When making healthier food choices, reduce or eliminate high-sodium, fatty and sugary foods. By planning ahead, it’s easy to keep healthy snacks on hand.
Here are ten simple ideas for an older adult in senior care to enjoy as snacks:
- Fresh veggies dipped in hummus
- Fresh apple, sliced and topped with almond butter
- Crackers and cheese
- Cooked steel-cut oatmeal with berries on top
- Celery sticks with peanut butter, (as an option, add raisins on top)
- Avocado on toast or bagel
- Greek yogurt with slices of fruit
- Tomato slices drizzled olive oil and sprinkled with feta cheese
- Handful of roasted almonds or heart-healthy walnuts
- Kale chips
Adults needing senior care must be provided healthy foods for their good health. Additionally, they often have to be reminded to drink enough fluids. Staying fully hydrated is good for their hearts and brains, and can help them feel energized throughout the day. There are hydrating fruits and vegetables, but elderly senior care patients may still need 8 glasses of water or more per day. To encourage them to drink more, infuse their water with fresh cucumber slices, citrus or other fresh fruits.
The dietary needs of an older adult in senior care can be complex. Call your local Home Care Assistance office today for questions on nutrition for loved ones needing senior care.