National Snack Food Month & Healthy Snacks for the Elderly
February is #NationalSnackFood month. Snacks are completely acceptable and encouraged, IF they are healthy! In fact, finding nutritionally-balanced and convenient snacks for the elderly are a great way to supplement a suffering diet or appetite.
THE IMPORTANCE OF HEALTHY EATING FOR SENIORS
- A well-balanced diet can help lower your risk of developing chronic health conditions.
- As you get older, you’ll probably need fewer calories to maintain a healthy weight.
- Try to limit processed sugar, saturated and trans fats, and salts.
- Malnutrition puts you at risk for being overweight or underweight.
Healthy eating can be complex and complicated; however, these few snacks are so simple! All that is required is a little preparation and planning. We always encourage going natural over packaged. This allows you to control the sodium and sugar.
Perfect Healthy Snack Ideas
Ideally, we are supposed to eat 3 or more servings of vegetables a day. An easy way to get your veggies in is by snacking on them! Vegetables will fill you up and keep you energized.
We suggest pairing some of these healthy dip recipes to accompany your veggie snacks! They help make healthy taste delicious.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away!
Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals that help keep you healthy and energized. Fruits and veggies also help reduce the risk of many diseases including high blood pressure, heart disease, and some cancers.
Apples, bananas, and oranges are great; however, if those get a little boring, try these creative recipes to make your fruit snacks more interesting!
Nuts are a crunchy alternative to chips. They are a rich source of antioxidants, healthy fats and calories.
FUN FACT: Pistachios are a nutritional powerhouse. This little nut is an excellent source of vitamin B6, copper and manganese. It also contains other essential vitamins and minerals.
Cheese is a good source of protein, calcium and calories.
Scientists have discovered that cheese can help preserve and enhance the immune system by acting as a carrier for probiotic bacteria.
Popcorn is one of those healthy snacks you are probably not eating enough of!
“Popcorn has more antioxidants in total than other snack foods that you can consume and it also has quite a bit of fiber.”
Part of the fun of food is preparing it. Fixing simple finger foods and snacks is a good way to keep seniors cooking. Try making some of these delicious finger sandwiches with your favorite elderly loved one.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Eggs are a terrific source of protein, fat and other essential nutrients.
Healthy snacks are nourishing. They help supplement your aging loved one’s diet and fill nutritional gaps.
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Dr. Kay is very active in the Health Industry. She is a member of the American Board of Home Care, the National Association of Home Care, CAHSAH, California Association of Health Services at Home. She co-chairs the education committee for the Down with Falls Coalition. Dr. Kay is in the speaker’s bureau for the coalition helping educate health care professionals and the community on fall risks, diabetes, adverse drug reaction, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, dehydration and nutrition, etc…. for older adults.
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