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Handy Tips to Get More Nutrition in Senior Diets

Many of us struggle to take in our daily dose of vegetables and fruits. Healthy eating is more challenging for seniors. Shopping and cooking for one is not fun, and caregivers in the family do not always have much time to ensure each meal is nutritionally balanced. The good news is, there are some more natural ways to get your five to seven servings each day.

There are many kitchen tools to make things super easy for everyone without resorting to convenience foods. When you cannot be around to help mom, a highly trained caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care can help her eat a healthy, well-balanced senior diet.

4 Senior Care Suggestions to Help Mom and Dad Eat Healthier

Remember the days when your dad insisted you eat your spinach so you could be as strong as Popeye? Now is your turn and it can feel weird telling him what to do. Use these tips to keep the peace while helping dad:

  1. Have a Conversation: Before lecturing your mom on the extra junk food in her cupboards, sit down and ask them about their diet. Find out what kinds of food she likes and dislikes and why. Maybe eating broccoli the same way all the time is tedious. Help her come up with a menu plan and grocery lists. A trusted caregiver from Home Instead can shop for ingredients and cook these appetizing meals.
  2. Test Out Smoothies: It is possible that dad’s teeth make it harder to eat his favourite apples. Smoothies are a great way to pack in the nutrition with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. A smoothie is a blend of different vegetables and fruits that taste great. Choose a simple base recipe with three ingredients or jazz it up with a green smoothie chock full of superfoods.
  3. Stock Up on Protein: Easy high-protein foods that require no preparation give your elderly loved one a great alternative to high-sodium convenience foods. Make sure mom has peanut butter, tuna, cheese, and yogurt handy.
  4. Make It a Social Event: With all the kids gone from the nest, dad and mom may find little to talk about over supper. Eating in silence is boring. Why not take them out to dinner once a week or have a weekly family dinner at grandma and grandpa’s house? Whether small talk or heated debates, the company will do wonders for an appetite.

Senior Care Services to Help Mom

Help your loved one eat nutritious foods again with the help of a well-trained home caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care Etobicoke. We provide a variety of services that support your parent and you during this season of life. Whether they need companionship services, personal care, cooked meals, or 24-hour and live-in care, we can help your parent stay independent and healthy.

Call us at (416) 239-2200 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families in the Etobicoke area.


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