Senior nutrition should be a combination of nutrient dense food and aesthetically pleasing, so seniors are enticed to eat more. You can’t please everyone with the way a meal tastes, but you can please them with presentation. It’s already difficult for seniors to be motivated to eat with restricted diets, smaller appetites, and decreased sense of smell and taste. As we age our bodies don’t need as many calories, but need more calcium, protein, and certain vitamins. The key to a long and healthy life is a good diet, so keep a lookout for malnourished seniors.
Top Vitamins for Seniors
- Vitamin D: Egg yolks, Cheese, Fatty Fish
- B-12: Sardines, Animal Liver, Fortified cereal
- Vitamin C: Broccoli, Tomatoes, sweet potatoes
- Folic Acid: Beans, Leafy greens, Rice
- Fatty Acids: Nuts, Salmon, Flax seed oil
Cooking with Love
The time spent cooking a meal for your family is typically done with love. It takes time to prepare a dish for your loved ones, putting time and energy into creating something people will enjoy. With all this effort it’s important to present the meal in an appealing way.
To make healthy meals that are aesthetically pleasing you don’t need to be a master chef. Below we’ll include our tips on how to prepare tasty and beautiful meals!
How to Make Appealing Nutrient Dense Meals for Seniors
Make Enticing Veggies
It’s easy to make vegetables look appealing when they are cut in a unique way. This can be done with a vegetable spiralizer or a peeler, carefully shaving them into noodles or thin slices. Vegetables are packed with antioxidants and vitamins for a healthy diet. Different vegetables to use are carrots, zucchinis, beets, cucumbers and many more. Adding different shapes of vegetables to a meal can add creativity and fascination to the meal. You can even make a pasta dish with zucchini noodles and pack in those nutrients.
Make things easier to eat by designing them into cool bite-sized shapes. A melon baller is a good option for making a variety of melons into easy to eat shapes. Also, take things like grapes and tomatoes and cut them in half. Make a vegetable platter with all your loved ones favorite veggies cut into pieces with a yummy dip. A fun trick is to take cookie cutters and cut unexpected things into cool shapes, such as kiwis and cucumbers.
Garnish With a Purpose
Adding garnishes is an easy way to dress up a plate and get in some extra nutrients. They can be exciting and colorful adding an extra pop to a meal. Throw on some bright micro greens that are loaded with antioxidants, Vitamin C and E. Cut up thin strips of bell pepper to top off a salad. They are packed with a wide range of nutrients from Vitamin C to B. Different types of seeds add extra flavor and texture along with essential fatty acids and omegas. A little trick is to not throw away the cauliflower leaves because they are packed with proteins and Vitamin C. They can be used as a garnish in soups and stews. For a bright boost of color use pomegranate seeds on your yogurt or salads. They help prevent diabetes, heart disease, and increases digestion.
The Victorian Assisted Living and Retirement Community in South Dakota
The Victorian offers comprehensive assisted living services for seniors. We give you the option to live independently in our retirement community. We also provide assistance with daily living tasks in our assisted living community, and personalized care for whatever needs you may have.
You and your loved ones can rest assured knowing our qualified staff is available 24/7 to prevent falling and reduce fall risk. Physical activity is part of our engaging activity program to help reduce fall risk, and our location is centrally located near two hospitals. If you or your loved one is considering assisted living, contact The Victorian today to learn more about our services or tour our community.