Arguably, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When your senior mother or father starts their day off right (with a good breakfast), they can do all the things they love and need to do in their day. Whether your mother likes to garden or your father likes to walk over to the neighbor’s for a book club meeting, every elderly person needs energy and good health for their activities each day. If you’re worried about your parent fixing meals or eating enough, talk to senior care services about getting a caregiver for a few hours each day to help with some meals. Planning breakfasts that will be yummy and healthy at the same time isn’t always easy. It can involve some give and take with what your parent likes to eat.
Sometimes seniors with bad eating habits can take a while to change those habits. Even starting with small steps and making minor improvements is worth your time. Talk to your mother or father about what they think of their recent meals and what they’d be willing to try in the future. If you do some research ahead of time about what foods are good for seniors to be eating, then you’ll be informed enough to make some suggestions to your senior parent about what you want them to try. They may turn out to like something they haven’t eaten in years simply because you haven’t cooked it for them or they haven’t thought to add it to the grocery list recently. Yes, there are some parents who get picky with food as they get older, but you might be surprised.
Healthy, Delicious Oatmeal Breakfast for Seniors
Because of the raw walnuts, your parent is getting protein and healthy fats. The pumpkin also adds a great tasting source of vitamin C and A as well as fibre as the start to a good day. Pair this oatmeal with some poached eggs on whole wheat toast or a selection of fresh fruit slices.
½ cup steel cut oats
1 cup water
1/3 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
½ cup skim milk, or rice or soy milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 dash cinnamon
1 dash nutmeg
1 tbsp raw almonds or walnuts, chopped
1 tsp maple syrup
Directions for stovetop cooking:
- Put oats and water into a pot
- Bring to a boil, occasionally stirring
- Turn it down to a simmer and cook until creamy, 8-10 minutes
- Add pumpkin, milk, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and stir
- Top with nuts and maple syrup
This makes enough for one bowl of delicious oatmeal. It’s a great way to get many important food groups into your elderly loved one’s stomach early in the day.