6 Nutritious Meals to Make Ahead of Time for Your Loved One

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If your aging parent lives alone, making meals ahead of time can help him or her eat well throughout the week. Because many seniors have diminished appetites or special dietary needs, preparing a meal may seem like a difficult task. Prepare the following meals for the week ahead to make your parent’s life easier.

1. Smoothie Packs

Preparing smoothies is a good way to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables your loved one consumes each day. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends seniors eat between 21 and 28 grams of fiber each day to maintain their weight. By consuming smoothies, older adults can meet their daily fiber requirement. Make smoothie packs by placing peeled bananas, washed strawberries, and a handful of clean spinach in a resealable freezer bag, then place the bag in the freezer. In the morning, your loved one can make a smoothie by dumping the bag contents in the blender and adding a splash of milk. 

Eating nutritious meals is not the only way older adults can boost their health. Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional in-home care. Brampton, ON, Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life.

2. Shredded Chicken

It’s important for seniors to eat enough protein each day to maintain muscle mass and build a healthy immune system. However, many seniors don’t eat enough protein each day. By adding shredded, pre-cooked chicken to soups, salads, or sandwiches, your parent can get up to eight grams of protein per 1/3 cup serving.

3. Vegetable Soup

If your loved one has dental issues, consider serving a bowl of soup. Vegetable soup is a healthy choice that is high in fiber and can boost your loved one’s vitamin C intake. Make the soup ahead of time and place it into one-cup microwave-safe bowls. Your parent can warm the soup in the microwave before eating.

4. Salad

Eating salad is a great way to satisfy the appetite without consuming too many calories. Salad can be prepared ahead of time using mason jars. Layer lettuce, shredded carrots, edamame, and diced chicken in a mason jar. Carefully tighten the lid and place in the fridge. Prepare or purchase a simple Asian dressing and have your loved one pour two tablespoons of the dressing in the jar and shake before eating. 

Many older adults need help preparing nutritious meals. If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Brampton seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.

5. Egg Salad

Eggs are high in protein, vitamin B, and omega-3 fatty acids that help seniors maintain their brain and heart health. Egg salad, which can be served on a bed of lettuce or on a soft roll, is a healthy and delicious way to eat eggs. Combine diced hard-boiled eggs with Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, diced pickles, and spices and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Your loved one can eat the egg salad for up to seven days.

6. Snack Boxes

Eating four to six small meals a day can help your parent get the nutrition and calories he or she needs. Making healthful snacks ahead of time ensures these small meals are nutritious. Place diced cheese, dried fruits, baby carrots, and whole-wheat crackers in a container. Your loved one can remove them from the fridge whenever he or she feels hungry.

Seniors who need help with meal prep or other daily tasks should consider professional in-home care. In Brampton, senior home care providers can benefit aging adults in a variety of ways. From cooking nutritious meals to offering timely medication reminders, the dedicated caregivers at Home Care Assistance are available to help your elderly loved one 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To create a comprehensive in-home care plan for your aging parent, give us a call at 905-951-8885 today.