Most family caregivers visit their older loved ones and bring something not only to show their affection but also to help them with their eating, and ensure that they are eating healthy.
Most seniors have weakened their appetite when they have to eat the food that someone else or their family member makes for them, resulting in eating less and less. For some, it is a real problem. A senior service provided by a specialized caregiver makes sure that their food and nutrition are well-taken care of.
Older adults need daily snacks. The key to healthy snacking is for them to be cautious in their daily calorie intake. We all know that snacking help increase our vital nutrients and boost our overall health. This applies to seniors as well, so keep these healthy snack ideas in mind the next time you go food shopping.
Rich in Calcium Snacks
Calcium is the most abundant mineral that plays a vital role in pour body. It has a wide variety of functions such as for muscles, nerve transmission and heart functions. Calcium is also necessary for building and maintaining bone structure. Older adults are prone to cardiovascular diseases. Enrich their snacks by adding calcium-rich nutrient to their daily diet. Good choice of calcium can include low-fat or fat-free cheese cubes, yoghurt, tuna, sardines on wheat crackers.
Fruits Rich in Vitamins and Minerals
Fruits are a good source of nutrients such as vitamins and minerals including fibre that help prevent damage and fights deterioration linked with ageing. For example, there are powerful antioxidants that help combat free radical damage and inflammation that triggers the immune system. Carotenoids help treat cancer, heart disease or arthritis. Seniors can eat about 2 cups of fruits such as berries, apples, cherries, oranges and pineapples every day.
Vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. On the other hand, non-starchy vegetables show lower sugar content than fruits like green leafy vegetables. Older adults are more likely to develop insulin resistance which makes the body inefficient to use the insulin the body produces. This can lead to type 2 diabetes and other health issues. Vegetables help keep your blood glucose level stable so the body doesn’t require to produce as much insulin due to the lower sugar content. Try snacking with carrots or celery sticks with a dip. You can also try veggie kebab with mix skewer vegetables or a grilled asparagus wrapped in a whole-grain tortilla with melted low-fat cheese.
Set the older adult’s snacking properly throughout the day. It can make a huge difference. If older adults don’t need to eat for a few hours, choose a light snack of about 200 to 250 calories. Try a sliced apple with peanut butter or a small whole-grain muffin with a cup of a low-fat milk. Keeping healthy snacks on hand won’t turn to less healthy options when they become hungry throughout the day.
The more we understand nutrition, the more we learn the importance of eating a well-balanced diet in ageing older adults. Consuming meals rich in protein, vegetables, fruits, nuts and legumes and avoiding red meat, sugary treats and processed food should be very much observed.
With the right combination of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, it easily fights off diseases. Older adults are specifically vulnerable to high blood pressure, heart disease and some other forms of cancer that are known to have linked to a poor diet.
Below are some few snacks that you can add in commitment to having your older adults live a healthy lifestyle as they grow older:
- Frozen grapes or banana
- Hard-boiled egg
- Celery with peanut butter and raisins
- Bowl of oatmeal topped with berries
- Baked tortilla chips with salsa dip
- Avocado on wheat toast
- A glass of unsweetened cashew milk
- Baked apple chips
- Baked banana chips
- Unsweetened almond and fruit smoothie
- Apple slices
- Pita bread with black beans
- Greek yoghurt with orange or peach slices
- Cucumber slices
- Turkey slices
For most seniors, two healthy snacks a day help stabilize and regulate their blood sugar levels. Store-bought snacks may be convenient, however, they are often high in fat, sodium, sugar and other preservatives. It is healthier if the snack is prepared by hand at home, eventually kept in a cooler when you travel.
It is also important to keep the older adults hydrated. Most health professionals recommend drinking eight to ten glasses of water every day. This can help them feel full and lessen the tendency to overeat.
Healthy and balanced nutrition is a part of the everyday routine at San Antonio Home Care Giver. A chef prepares meals and healthy snacks integrated with nothing but fresh and seasonal food. We invite you to visit us at the San Antonio community to learn more about our caregiving services. A senior service provided by a caregiver in San Antonio makes sure that their food and nutrition are well-taken care of.