We’ll be celebrating Senior Citizens Day on the 21st of August, and no celebration is complete without good food. But when it comes to our senior loved ones with weaker immune and digestive systems, we need to be careful about their dietary intake.
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World Health Organization (WHO) reveals that the majority of seniors’ health conditions are a result of malnutrition and an unhealthy diet. For instance, foods with high fat content have a strong correlation with prostate cancer, colon cancer, and pancreatic cancer. Additionally, poor diet has remained a significant cause in most cases of osteoporosis and diabetes.
To help you care for your elderly parents, grandparents, and other greying loved ones, we’ve rounded up a list of nutrient-dense and delicious recipes that are easily digestible and chewable. However, make sure you’re considering dietary restrictions while choosing the best food options for your senior loved one.
The Sweet Green Smoothie for a Quick Breakfast
This easy-to-make all-fruit smoothie is incredibly delicious and healthy for your senior loved ones. You can pick any fruit of your choice, any green vegetable (we prefer spinach or kale), avocado for good fat and fullness (you can replace it with a tablespoon of MCT oil), and any liquid for a smoother consistency, such as coconut milk, skimmed milk, almond milk, any juice, or even green tea!
The best thing about this smoothie is that you can easily customize it according to the dietary restrictions or preferences of your loved ones. You can even add mint, basil, parsley, lemongrass, or any other herb for more flavor. To make this sweet green smoothie recipe healthier, sprinkle some flax or chia seeds!
Italian Wedding Soup for a Wholesome Lunch
Famous Italian cuisine is always brimming with delectable flavors and nutrition. Made with sodium-free chicken broth, skimmed chicken breast chunks, olive oil, celery, carrots, baby spinach, acini de Pepe, fresh sage, rosemary, parsley, and thyme—this Italian Wedding Soup recipe will make the perfect healthy lunch for your aging loved one. Though the original recipe calls for meatballs and white wine in the soup, you can skip them if you’re preparing the meal with dietary restrictions in mind.
One Pan Chicken or Beef Enchilada Skillet for a Heartwarming Dinner
This steaming and appetizing delight is a quick and hassle-free one-pan recipe that utilizes leftover chicken or beef. Though the recipe tastes as delicious with chicken as it does with beef, we recommend going with shredded chicken if you’re making it for a senior family member. It is loaded with flavors of Velveeta cheese, tortillas, rotisserie chicken, diced tomatoes, enchilada sauce, tomato sauce, cumin, and a hint of chili powder. The best thing about this recipe is that you can replace the Velveeta cheese with any cheese you have in your pantry, and you can switch the beef with shredded chicken, turkey, cooked lentils, shrimps, or taco meat. To make this Chicken Enchilada Skillet healthier, you can also add corn and black beans to it.
Did your senior parents or grandparents love these recipes? Take a picture of them enjoying the meal, tag us @eats_by_the_beach on Instagram, and hashtag it #eatsbythebeach.
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