We all know the importance of eating healthy as children and young adults: to fuel the body properly for growth and aging into a full-grown adult in the best way possible. But healthy eating is not just for the young, healthy eating is for everyone. There are few things that you can do that are beneficial to your health such as eating a healthy diet, regardless of your age. But with age, it can become difficult to eat certain healthy foods that are tough, hard, or otherwise difficult for the elderly to eat. Here are three healthy foods that are easy for seniors to eat to help them get a balanced diet.
One of the best healthy foods that is easy for seniors to eat is oatmeal. Oatmeal is wonderful because it is flavorful, filling, and easy to chew, since it is soft and mushy. Oatmeal is wonderful because it is full of fiber and whole grains (assuming you are using high quality, healthy oats) that can support digestive health in the elderly, as well as feeding the good gut bacteria in your body. Dress up your oatmeal with a little bit of sliced fresh fruit, yogurt, and some cinnamon for a truly delicious breakfast.
Another great healthy food that is easy for seniors to eat is soup. Just like oatmeal, soup is wonderful since it requires very little chewing, and what chewing it does require is occupied by soft veggies and meats in the soup. Soup is full of nutritious ingredients that can make a filling meal. For seniors, try to focus on soups that are very smooth, or involve softer chunks, like potatoes, well-cooked veggies, and small, tender meats and fish. A baked potato soup, or chicken noodle are great soups to start for seniors.
And last on our list today, another healthy food that is easy for seniors to eat is smoothies. Smoothies are wonderful because they can take what would normally be difficult foods for seniors, like hard fruits or veggies, and turn them into a smooth and delicious drink. Smoothies that are full of fresh fruits and veggies are incredibly nutritious and are outrageously delicious. Try giving the senior in your life a homemade smoothie for new foods that are easy to eat.
Eating healthy is one of the most important things that you can do for your long-term health. And this is true even for seniors, even though it may be harder for them to eat. Focus on serving your seniors these easy to eat, nutritious meals.
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