Do you take care of a picky elderly relative? You’re not alone. Those who provide senior home care in Palm Beach know how difficult it can be to ensure your elderly loved one gets the nutrition he or she needs. As we age, our tastes change, we may develop issues that make it harder to eat and digest certain foods, and we often resist giving up our favorite foods even if they aren’t healthy for us. If your loved one is a picky eater or needs to clean up their diet, check out the following senior-tested and approved recipes suggested by the home care experts at Home Care Assistance in Palm Beach, FL.
1. Pork, Apple, and Miso Noodle Soup
This delicious and healthy recipe is great for seniors who have difficulty chewing, dentures, or other dental problems. Both the pork and apple soften in the hot broth making them tasty and easy to eat. Soup helps keep seniors hydrated and often times can be made in a slow cooker, meaning you spend less time in the kitchen and wind up with delicious leftovers you can pop in the freezer. Use lean ground pork, low-sodium chicken broth, and whole wheat noodles for the healthiest version of this soup.
2. Teriyaki Salmon with Zucchini
It can be tough to get your senior loved one to follow a heart healthy diet. Show him or her that heart-healthy can also be delicious with this salmon recipe. Salmon is rich with heart-helping omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and vitamin D. The veggies in this dish also provide your loved one with a hearty dose of fiber and vitamin C. Use low-sodium soy sauce and a heart-friendly oil when preparing this yummy dish. Plate on a small bed of brown rice for added fiber.
3. Super Easy Pasta Salad
Instead of using prepackaged seasoning or dressing which can be high in sodium, use fresh herbs, garlic, and ginger to make this healthy dish pop. Using fresh citrus juice, vinegar, and olive oil will also amp up the flavor without adding additional salt. You can also throw in fresh bell peppers to brighten up the dish and deepen the flavor profile. Use whole wheat rotini or bow-tie pasta for a healthy and tasty dish that will have your senior loved one asking for seconds.
It can be tough finding healthy meals your elderly relative will enjoy eating. These recipes consider seniors’ dietary needs, but offer full flavors even the pickiest eaters won’t be able to refuse. For more information on senior nutrition, or to learn more about hourly or 24-hour live-in caregivers in Palm Beach who can assist with grocery shopping, meal planning, and preparation for your loved one, call Home Care Assistance at (561) 429-8292 to speak with a Care Manager today.