Nutrition Tips And Meals For Seniors This Spring
One of the most important things for those with senior loved ones at home is to make sure their health is in good standings. With Spring time around the corner reintroducing many seasonal cuisines, many healthier options become available such as arugula, artichoke, carrots, and more. It is very important for all to embrace this time of year and take advantage of the new variety of ingredients. Below are a few ideas that are both fun and healthy, ensuring the best of both worlds for you and your parents.
Consider going on a picnic and bringing some healthy snacks and beverages! Exercise is just as important as eating during spring time, so even if you and your loved one are unable to prepare healthy meals, go for a walk and enjoy the weather. Care At Home Services has created a list of meals and tips for you and your loved one this Spring season.
Nutrition and Aging
Nutritional needs tend to change as we age, meaning it is important to keep a healthy habit and diet. For seniors, a high-protein and lower-sodium meal plan is most ideal. While it is difficult, consider making the effort for you and your loved ones to cut as much sugar out of your diets as possible. For seniors, cutting out sugar proves to be a bigger benefit as it reduces the risk of being affected with dementia. Some healthy and delicious meal ideas for this Spring season includes the following:
- Yogurt with nuts and/or flax seeds
- Steak, Healthy Meat Jerky
- Chicken Breast
- Smoked Salmon
- Cheese, Nuts, Seeds, Grains
- Fruits and Leafy Vegetables
All options listed above are tasty, healthy and protein-filled options. Depending on one’s weight and body mass, seniors need approximately 100 grams of protein a day. Speaking to a doctor or a nutritionist to explore minor changes in a diet can help enforce a healthier and cleaner Spring! Another tip for seniors is to eat less at a more frequent rate, with healthy snacks throughout the day. Similarly, studies prove that seniors who eat alone are less likely to maintain a healthy diet. The solution? Set up some dinner plans between friends and family for you and your special one, to enforce healthy eating. Companionship while eating is an important factor for all seniors, no special soul wants to constantly eat alone.
If you or a senior loved one is looking to try out the above but need help with the process, Care At Home Services provides meal planning, portion sizing, excellent taste and companionship from all our trained professionals. All our caretakers are certified FoodSafe cooks and are able to prepare yours or your loved ones favourite meals in the comfort of your own home! If you have any questions, concerns or inquiries, please Contact Us.