Sometimes it is hard to get aging loved ones to eat, especially to eat something healthy. Whether it’s because their medicine is diminishing their appetite, they struggle to chew and swallow or they are simply picky eaters, getting them to eat a nutritious meal can be a challenge. Let healthy summer smoothies come to the rescue and check off all the boxes for a nutritious snack. SYNERGY HomeCare would like to remind you to check with your doctror before making any changes to your diet.
Smoothies are Ideal for Stubborn Seniors
Many seniors have a hard time eating due to physical issues with chewing and swallowing. Some of the conditions that might hinder regular eating include dry mouth, ill-fitting dentures, stroke, mouth ulcers, pain in the jaw, and sore throat. Smoothies are easy to swallow and won’ trigger a lot of the problems seniors might have with other types of food.
Sometimes, seniors simply don’t have much of an appetite due to medications that have the side effects of nausea, appetite suppression and heartburn. Mental illness like depression can also make seniors avoid eating. However, a smoothie is quite enticing and flavorful, especially in the summer months. Many seniors will accept a smoothie drink instead of a meal because it is easy on the stomach and doesn’t seem as hard to eat. Another good thing about smoothies is they help keep seniors hydrated where they might refuse other types of drinks.
Tips to Make a Healthy Smoothie
Smoothies can be extremely healthy or they can be packed with too much sugar and fat. These tips will help you create a delicious taste and consistency that will also contain essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
Make sure that the blender has the capacity to pulverize ice, because some lower-end models don’t have this capability.
When preparing a smoothie for an elderly loved one, make sure that it has plenty of ice to provide density because a thicker smoothie will make them feel fuller.
- Choose a non-fat dairy base like yogurt or cottage cheese instead of fattening ice cream.
- Adding whole fruits like berries, bananas, peaches, strawberries and more will add essential nutrients to the smoothie.
- Make sure the ingredients are pureed quite fine because any chunks or large pieces of ice could cause issues with the elderly loved one.
- Slip in some vegetables like a handful of kale or spinach to add a healthy boost without changing the flavor.
- Consider healthy add-ins like a tablespoon of protein powder or flaxseed meal for omega-3.
- Don’t forget to add in half an avocado or a spoonful of nut butter to contribute some healthy fat to the smoothie.
- Steer clear of sugar and use honey, coconut milk or cocoa powder instead.
Family caregivers or senior care providers can make a healthy smoothie for the elderly person when they want a snack or if they simply don’t want to eat the prepared meal. As long as the ingredients are healthy and there’s no added sugar, smoothies can be the perfect meal substitute. Family caregivers and senior care assistants shouldn’t be surprised if the elderly loved one asks for smoothies regularly.
If you or an aging loved one is considering senior care in Chandler, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.