Adequate nutrition is of the upmost importance for seniors. Following recipes for meals that are both healthy and easy to make can make it much easier for seniors to obtain proper nutrition. The following are few simple meal ideas that may make it easier for seniors to eat well.
Oatmeal with Fruit
Fresh fruit contains the highest nutritional content, but dried or frozen fruit can also be added to oatmeal to boost the flavor and nutritional content. Oatmeal should simply be cooked according to package directions, then fruit such as raisins, bananas, and berries can be added. If fruit is frozen, the fruit can be heated up with the oatmeal or separately before adding. If desired and consistent with dietary restrictions, natural peanut butter can also be added to improve the flavor and increase the protein content.
Eggs and Toast
Eggs and toast is a highly filling protein and carbohydrate combination. Toast should be made from whole wheat or Ezekiel bread to obtain the highest nutritional value. Eggs can be cooked scrambled, over easy, poached, or hard boiled as desired. Fresh vegetables can also be added to the eggs while cooking to further increase the nutrients gained from the meal.
Protein wraps can be made using a whole wheat wrap and whatever meat and vegetables are desired. Hard boiled eggs, lean beef, turkey, and fish all make excellent bases for a protein wrap. Seniors can add any combination of their favorite vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, peppers, and olives to improve the flavor and add nutrients. Wraps can be seasoned with different vinegars or mashed avocado to add moisture and flavor.
Shrimp and Sautéed Greens
Shrimp can be boiled and served chilled or heated in olive oil and seasoned for a healthy dose of lean protein. Fresh asparagus, kale, or spinach can be sautéed in olive oil and seasoned with garlic and onion powder. If desired, a small amount of balsamic vinegar can be added to both the greens and the shrimp to add zest without adding a significant amount of calories, fat, or sodium.
Chicken over Salad
Cooking chicken on a grill will give the chicken a lot of flavor without sacrificing nutritional content. Seasonings can be added, but salt use should be kept to a minimum. After chicken is grilled, it can be added to a salad made with favorite vegetables, fruits, and even nuts. Berry vinaigrette over a salad with chicken, oranges, and almonds packs a lot of nutrition and flavor while keeping calories, sodium, and fat content low.