Older adults in senior care need proper nutrition just as much or more than any other age. Eating a healthy variety of foods, including fruits and vegetables, high-quality protein, nuts, seeds, and legumes is essential to their wellbeing. Reducing or even avoiding red meat, lunchmeats or other processed foods, and sweet snacks is also a good idea. A strong human body requires vitamins and minerals from nutritious foods to prevent illness and disease.
Unfortunately, there are many older adults in senior care that are already suffering from chronic illness, like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cardiac disease, or cancer. Many of these illnesses can be connected to poor lifestyle choices, like not eating high-quality food and not exercising enough. Some adults in senior care may have additional nutritional requirements like vitamins B and D, which are often depleted.
The majority of elderly adults in senior care will benefit from caregivers offering quality snacks between meals. This helps to prevent overeating and boosts energy levels throughout the day. Whole foods are healthier choices, rather than prepared or processed foods, which are usually unnecessarily high in sodium, fat, sugar, and/or preservatives. By preplanning, you can keep healthy snacks on hand.
Here are ten simple and healthy snack ideas for an aging adult in senior care to enjoy:
- Carrots, peppers, or cucumber slices 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)
- Baked corn tortilla chips with a fruity salsa
- Avocado on toast
- Frozen grapes
- Greek yogurt with peach slices
- Tomato slices drizzled olive oil and sprinkled with feta cheese
Adults in senior care need to eat healthy foods, but in addition, they must be reminded to drink enough fluids to stay fully hydrated. Not only is this good for their hearts and brains, but it can also help them feel more energized throughout the day. Fortunately, there are many fruits and vegetables are known to be high in water content, but senior care patients may need at least 8 glasses of water per day in addition. Infuse water with cucumber slices, oranges, or another fresh fruit to make it easier to drink.
Make a call to your local Home Care Assistance office for questions about the dietary needs of seniors or any other questions on senior care. We enjoy helping families and their loved ones.