Planning and preparing meals for the elderly can be a challenging task sometimes. Medical conditions may limit the types of food they can and cannot eat. Their diet may require a restricted intake of salt of sugar. Perhaps they are lactose intolerant or have to have a gluten-free diet. Maybe they don’t like certain flavors or ingredients. When you are responsible for making sure they have healthy and wholesome, flavorful food to eat, restrictions can be hard to manage.
Senior care professionals suggest that you might need to prepare some ideas ahead of time for a few creative and inspiring meals, especially for the winter season. You are probably wondering why winter, in particular. During the winter season, the elderly spend a great deal more time inside and inactive. Food that stirs and excites several of the senses are a great ways to shake off the moody winter blues. Both family caregivers who are tending to the needs of their loved ones themselves and home caregivers who are responsible for other people’s loved ones should develop their own list of winter pizazz meals.
If you are planning to prepare breakfast for a senior, here are some healthy, tasty and warm ideas for starting the day off right.
- Whole grain waffles: have a different flavor and are healthier. Depending on the dietary restrictions and preferences of the senior, you might add blueberries or pecans to the batter before cooking. You might also add a light dusting of powdered sugar before serving the waffles.
- Oatmeal with Berries: from the instant packet contents you only need to add hot water, then add fresh raspberries, strawberries, blackberries or blueberries. Cinnamon is also nice when sprinkled on top
- Greek Yogurt with Choice of Fresh Fruit is almost like having dessert for breakfast.
- Poached Egg is a wonderful change of pace and may well remind some seniors of eggs their mothers used to serve them in childhood. Serve on top of a slice of buttered whole wheat toast. Add a patty of turkey sausage if you like. Served with a steamed asparagus spear, it makes a complete meal.
Breakfast for Lunch
- Italian Omelet: includes Italian cheeses and meats. Chop up small pieces of salami, pepperoni, and prosciutto as well as provolone cheese, mozzarella and black and green olives. Season to taste, in line with dietary requirements. Add a dash of oregano.
Omelets make a great warm meal for any time of day during the winter. Use these menu suggestions to start your own collection of winter recipes to tempt the elderly appetite.