Fruits and vegetables should be a part of everyone’s daily diet. Preparing and encouraging a senior to eat fresh fruits and vegetables can be a time consuming process on top of everything else a caregiver has to do. However, home care services can take several tips into account when trying to incorporate a healthy diet for a senior.
Talking to your loved one can give you an idea of why they aren’t interested in eating fruits and veggies. Having a conversation can make you aware of foods that they like or dislike. Plan meals based on based on the fruits and vegetables they like. Change up the way you prepare healthy foods. This will keep them from getting bored with redundancy. Discuss with your loved one how improving their diet can boost their immunity and improve their disease symptoms.
The popular trend started in 2013 was the green smoothie. Starting the day with a green smoothie is a great way for seniors to get a good amount of vitamins, minerals, and other antioxidants. The creamy texture of a smoothie makes it easy for elders who have problems with their teeth, chewing, or swallowing.
An in-home care provider can try pureed soups which are soft and easy to digest. This is a good way for a senior to get their daily vegetable intake. Carrots and peppers provide a good source of vitamin A. If the senior should follow a high calorie diet, add potatoes. Potatoes are also good for thickening the soup.
Raw vegetables like carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and green beans can be tough for seniors to chew or digest. Steaming vegetables instead of boiling them will make them soft without destroying the nutrients and vitamins.
If the senior likes to have dessert after their dinner, make banana “ice cream” in the blender. Take a peeled ripe banana and cut into pieces. Freeze for a few hours. When ready for dessert, throw the pieces into the blender until smooth like ice cream. Bananas are high in potassium and especially good for those with a history of heart disease.
Anyone providing home care services to a senior has an important job of ensuring that they are eating healthy and getting proper nutrition. If you seem to be struggling with ways to get a senior to eat healthy again then rethink your approach and consider these helpful tips.