Seniors may not like to eat much, but they absolutely need a certain amount of nutrients to remain healthy and live longer. Home care can help a senior by meal prepping for the week and finding recipes they like to sit down and enjoy. However, even if a caregiver is an excellent cook, that might not be enough to get the senior to eat a full meal.
Home care will have to find unique ways to get the senior to intake more nutrients, and that might take some experimenting. The best thing about having home care in place for your loved ones is they will have the time to ensure they find the snacks seniors like to eat. You may be busy, but home care is crucial to have because they are professionals who can take care of a senior when you can’t.
One of the easiest ways to ensure a senior is getting proper nutrition is by making smoothies. Making smoothies is one of the best ways to get vegetable and fruit nutrients. Unfortunately, one of the downfalls of making smoothies to get nutrients is that they cannot be prepped throughout the week. When smoothies sit too long and become exposed to air, they do lose nutrients. Home care will have to make these daily instead of weekly.
If a caregiver is looking for a way to prep these in advance, there is a simple solution. Cut all vegetables and fruits in advance. Then put them in freezer bags to keep them portioned out. When it’s time to make a smoothie, grab one of the bags and dump it all into a blender. This is an easy way to keep things fresh and half meal prep for the week. Here are three smoothie recipes to try with your senior.
Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie
You can stick in kale or spinach in this recipe because the pineapple flavor is so strong that the senior won’t even notice the greens. You can sneak in low-fat Greek yogurt for some healthy probiotics. Strawberries are stock-full of vitamins, fiber, and low calories. This makes it a great treat for someone looking for nutrients but also a nice flavor. Pineapple helps boost immunity and aid digestion. If your senior just went through surgery, they should snack on some pineapple if the doctor gives the okay.
Kale Avocado Smoothie
This is a super-rich green smoothie using coconut water, kale, spinach, avocado, and dates. All of these ingredients will make a very unique-looking smoothie with a bright green color. Kale contains tons of vitamins that help remove toxins and waste from the body. This smoothie is rich in healthy fats, fiber, and tons of vitamins. Not to mention this smoothie will taste delicious.
If you have a senior who loves almond butter this is the perfect smoothie to choose. This is filled with almond milk, almond butter, strawberries, blueberries, and spinach. If the senior has a favorite fruit they prefer, they can easily add it in. Spinach is full of vitamin E and magnesium which is crucial for the body. It is something that seniors should be trying to eat multiple times a week.