Sep 15, 2016 by Lulu Jensen
As we age, fruits and vegetables become even more important. The fiber and nutrients in fruits and veggies can relieve digestive issues, lower high blood pressure, and reduce an elder's risk of developing stroke, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. Unfortunately, many seniors fail to consume a sufficient amount of these foods. A homecare assistant can encourage your elderly loved one to eat more fruits and veggies in the following ways:
Use Fruit As Toppings
Fruit can be paired with a food that an elder already enjoys. A homecare assistant can cut up some strawberries, pineapple, kiwi, or oranges and add them to pancakes, French toast, waffles, or oatmeal. Instead of reaching for a donut or ice cream when a senior is craving a sweet treat, older adults can add fruit to yogurt for a satisfying, healthy dessert.
A homecare assistant may notice that your elder finds it challenging to digest raw vegetables. If this is the case, vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, and green beans can be steamed instead. Steaming will soften vegetables rather than removing them of all of the nutrients they provide. Vegetables can also be cut into bite size pieces to aid with digestion.
Pureed soups are ideal for senior citizens because they are tasty as well as easily digestible. Soups can be made with a variety of vegetables and help elders incorporate veggies in their diet without consuming them raw.
Smoothies make a great snack and addition to any meal. A homecare assistant can slice up some fruits and veggies to blend together a delicious, filling drink. Greek yogurt or almond milk can be added as a healthy alternative to ice cream in smoothies.