While snacking used to be considered a bad habit, many nutritionists are starting to approve and even encourage their clients to snack. Mindless snacking on junk food is still frowned upon, but consuming healthy snacks for a purpose can provide a wealth of health benefits. For instance, snacking on the right foods can boost intake of essential nutrients, fiber, protein and overall calories. This is important for seniors and older adults who are often in danger of malnutrition as the result of changes in diet and decreased appetite.
As a leading provider of in-home care in Bridgewater, it’s no surprise that we’ve listed nutrition as key component in our revolutionary approach to care, The Balanced Care Method™. Our caregivers emphasize the importance of a nutritious and well balanced diet for their clients in order to promote mood, boost energy and even stimulate the mind. With that said, we wanted to share some of our favorite snacks for seniors:
- Low-fat cheese with whole grain crackers provides extra calcium, protein and fiber for the senior. Calcium is especially important to maintain strong bones, particularly for post-menopausal women.
- Fresh vegetables such as celery or carrots sticks, cauliflower or broccoli florets or cherry tomatoes with a yogurt-based dip or hummus will give your loved one dietary fiber, a wealth of vitamins and minerals from the vegetables, and extra protein from the dip.
- Mixed berries like strawberries, blackberries or blueberries served over low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese are an excellent choice. The berries provide vitamins, fiber and antioxidants, while the cottage cheese or yogurt is a good source of calcium and protein. Live culture yogurt is also a great way to provide your loved one with probiotics that strengthen both digestion and immunity.
- Peanut butter toast on whole-wheat bread will give your loved one extra protein and dietary fiber. It can also help give your loved one the healthy fuel they need to carry out their daily activities.
- A smoothie made from a blend of fruits, vegetables, milk or almond milk, honey, and spices like cinnamon will help provide calcium, protein, vitamins and minerals. This is an easy way to meet your daily servings of fruits and vegetables each day and it’s easy to consume.
None of these snacks are difficult to prepare, however, they can go a long way to keeping your loved one’s nutritional intake at optimal levels. If you find that you are struggling with meal preparation for your loved one or simply need a helping hand with daily chores such as cooking, light housekeeping or running errands, reach out to Home Care Assistance and ask about our options for hourly home care in Bridgewater. With flexible schedules and 24/7 availability, you and your loved one can receive the level of care you need, when you need it most. To request information or a free consultation, call 908-450-9400 today.