Good nutrition is an important part of health. As you age it can be a challenge to eat the foods you need to have energy and remain healthy. Difficulty in getting out for fresh groceries, a lack of interest in cooking for only yourself, and changes in your tastes due to medications can all make eating healthy a chore. At Vancouver Home Care Assistance, we encourage all of our clients to eat well, investing time and energy into their meals. Below are a few tips to help seniors eat well into their elder years:
- Go for variety. It is easy to fall into a rut when preparing meals, particularly if you are only preparing them for yourself or you and a spouse. Eating the same foods every day, particularly fruits and vegetables, limits the amount of nutrients you take in. If you need assistance with cooking, cleaning or transportation to the grocery store, consider hourly care in Vancouver. A professional and reliable caregiver can come directly to your home, helping with daily tasks and nutritious meal preparation according to dietary preferences.
- Sneak in healthy snacks. Munch on a handful of nuts in the evening rather than chips, or have a piece of fruit as a mid-morning snack. Whether your weight is or isn’t a problem, making smart snack choices is a good idea. It is a way to sneak in extra nutrients and painlessly cut back on saturated fats, sugar and other unhealthy additions to your diet.
- Try new recipes. To avoid getting stuck in a nutritional rut, plan on trying out a new recipe once a week. If you like it, keep it in your regular rotation. Adding variety to your diet makes meals more interesting and a varied diet increases your odds of getting enough nutrients.
- Freeze some favorites. Freeze leftovers of some of your favorite meals. When you are tired or uninterested in meal preparation, you can heat these leftovers and have a healthy meal. What’s even better, you will have minimal clean up for a truly hassle free meal.
- Nix the salt. Flavor your foods with spices, not salt. Although salt in moderation is fine, as you age, you may find your taste buds are less sensitive. This makes it easy to over salt your food without realizing it. There are few immediate symptoms of a salt heavy diet and many seniors do not realize that it is a problem until long term effects, such as high blood pressure are developed. Therefore, it is important to monitor your salt intake, especially in your elder years.
Looking for more healthy eating tips? Contact us today. We have a unique approach to home health care in Vancouver, focusing on balance, moderation, and total health for all of our clients.
Also, be sure to check out our exclusive Home Care Assistance Comfort Foods Cookbook. Offering a twist on favorites from breakfast smoothies and pancakes to classics such as lasagna and meatloaf, our caregivers can help prepare and teach their clients the basics of nutritious and healthy eating. To learn more about our customized care plans, call us at 778-279-3634 and speak with a Case Manager.