Posted on Mar 27, 2014
Spring Snacks for Seniors and In Home Care for Veterans
When we were younger, we were able to eat just about anything with no consequence to our bodies. As we age, it becomes more important that we see food as fuel and do our best to ingest less junk. Certain vitamins and nutrients become increasingly vital to overall strength and healing. To achieve optimal health, it is important that seniors choose a variety of foods from all food groups, which tends to ensure that vital nutrients are consumed. A healthy eating plan emphasizes fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy.
Fruits and vegetables are a wonderful way to boost overall health when incorporated in your diet on a daily basis. Fruits and vegetables don’t have to be fresh as frozen and canned offer similar benefits. Eat more dark green and orange vegetables like broccoli, carrots and sweet potatoes. Baked sweet potato fries are not only delicious but are packed in Vitamin A. Cinnamon-spiced baked apples are quick, healthy, and can be prepared in a microwave. Cut up some fresh apples, place in a microwave safe-bowl, sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg and teaspoon of brown sugar. Cover the bowl with a microwave-safe plate and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. This easy spring snack for seniors is less than 90 calories per serving and provides 3 grams of fiber.
Calcium and Vitamin D are excellent for healing and muscle health. Some easy spring snacks for seniors that benefit overall health include yogurt, string cheese, and other foods high in calcium. Halved cherry tomatoes served with goat cheese and sprinkled with chopped herbs is a great way to incorporate vegetables and calcium in a tasty snack. Deviled eggs are a delicious source of protein. Tuna salad served on soft crackers is a satisfying and healthy snack.
An elderly adult may need to find healthy snacks that are also easy to chew and swallow. Easy spring snacks that are easy for an elderly adult to eat include blended smoothies loaded with fruits and yogurt, cottage cheese with soft canned fruit topping, and milk pudding.
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