Home Care in Jupiter FL
For many elderly adults, eating several small meals throughout the day can have more benefits than eating 3 large ones. When elderly adults eat a small meal once about every 3 hours, they are less likely to feel the effects of blood sugar levels that go up and down. They will also notice that they won’t get as hungry, which can prompt them to overeat. Eating frequent meals can also help elderly adults to cut back on snacking throughout the day which can fill the body with empty calories. For caregivers who would like to incorporate more small meals, or filling snacks, into their elderly loved one’s day, here are a few simple tips and examples:
Tips for Snack Planning:
- It’s a great idea to plan out a snack to be eaten during the time between lunch and dinner. Often, this is a long stretch of time, causing elderly adults to eat a heavier dinner which can result in poor sleep. Because of this, it is a perfect time to have a planned snack that is filling and full of nutrients.
- Make sure snacks include at least one serving of fruits or vegetables for their high nutrient content and a serving of protein. The protein will help elderly adults to feel full for longer and help them to maintain muscle strength.
- Try to avoid having your loved one go more than 3 hours during day without at least having a light snack. This is great for keeping blood sugar at healthy levels and it may be recommended for the medications that they are taking.
- Steer clear of foods with a high sugar content such as candies or cookies. These can cause blood sugar to spike and they do not have many essential nutrients.
Examples of Filling and Nutritious Snacks:
- Two rice cakes with peanut butter and apple slices.
- A cup of greek yogurt with berries and granola.
- Carrot sticks, bell peppers, and cucumbers with hummus.
- Trail mix with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and pretzels.
- Sliced turkey lettuce wraps.
- A whole wheat tortilla with melted cheese and tomatoes or avocado.
- A banana with peanut butter.
- A smoothie made with yogurt, fruit or vegetables, and milk.
- Baked tortilla chips with black bean salsa.
- A whole wheat English muffin with cream cheese and raisins.
- Celery sticks filled with peanut butter or cream cheese.
- Apple slices and cheddar cheese cubes.
- Ricotta cheese with sliced peaches.
- Toast with peanut butter and apple or banana slices
If you or an aging loved one are in need of home care in Jupiter, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at (772) 678-3324.