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Quick and Easy Meals For Seniors

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates Gilbert AZ: Healthy Meals Are Especially Important for Seniors

Reduce Hospital Readmission RatesPlanning meals for aging loved ones can be challenging if they have food restrictions or allergies. It’s important for everyone to eat a healthy diet and get the recommended levels of nutrition but diet is especially important for seniors. Eating a healthy diet can keep aging adults from developing certain health issues as well as giving them more energy.

If you are looking for some tasty, healthy meals for yourself or an aging loved one, the follow recipes would be a great place to start. Be sure to check with a doctor or nutritionist before preparing any of these meals concerning diet restrictions or other health problems.

A good breakfast can get the day off to a great start.

  • One hardboiled egg served with fresh fruit and one slice of toast, preferably whole-grain or whole-wheat.
  • A tasty yogurt parfait. Mix together fruit, yogurt, and nuts. This breakfast has a good balance of Vitamin C, healthy fats, and carbs.
  • One poached egg placed on top of a slice of toast, whole-wheat is a good choice, served with steamed asparagus. Try adding almond butter for a little bit of sweetness.

These lunchtime meals can add an energy boost to the afternoon.

  • Southwest omelets. Start by beating two eggs and adding 1 tablespoon of butter to a pan or skillet. Add the egg mixture as well as pepper jack cheese and chili sauce or salsa. When the eggs become firm fold them up and enjoy with a sliced up avocado.
  • Quinoa salad. Sauté stir-fry vegetable that have been pre-chopped such as red pepper, onions, or mushrooms. Combine this mixture with quinoa that has already been prepared as well as pecans or pine nuts. Toss the entire salad with Italian dressing.
  • Cottage fries. Begin by slicing parboiled red potatoes. In a skillet, heat up extra virgin olive oil, add the potatoes and cook on medium. Add veggies and sharp cheddar cheese and cover, steam and eat.

Older adults may have a difficult time preparing healthy meals as time goes on, consider assisting a parent or loved one with this task or speaking with a caregiver about providing well-balanced meals. This is especially important for the senior who has Alzheimer’s disease. They will need increasing amounts of help especially with using the stove or oven. Hiring home care services means you would have a trained and experienced caregiver coming in to help your senior loved one with meal preparation and other daily activities of living that could reduce hospital readmission rates.

About You Home Care is dedicated to helping seniors maintain full, independent lives where they most desire to live: in the comfort of their own homes. Call us at (480) 351-4473 anytime.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com

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