When it comes to health tips for seniors, diet is among the most important and the most difficult to follow because of the many obstacles that stand in the way of good nutrition. Seniors bodies change the more they age and that means nutritional requirements change as well. The foods that seniors once enjoyed may no longer be good for them or they may no longer cook or prepare certain meals for any number of reasons.
This is particularly true for single seniors who may not choose to cook because prepping meals for one is sometimes tough. Buying food for smaller serving sizes can sometimes end up costing more and cooking it is not worth the time it takes to prep meals for one. So many seniors end up ordering easier meals and sometimes that results in the elderly missing out on fresh, healthy food.
But that doesn’t have to be the norm, not when there are so many appetizing and affordable alternatives that single seniors can enjoy. So whether you’re a senior tasked with feeding yourself or you are in the role of a Trusted Senior Care Provider, here are some creative ways to get single seniors to eat healthy.
Meals for One
Yes, meal planning for just one person is sometimes tough and it can make meeting those nutrition requirements all the more challenging. But there are a number of useful meal planning sites that are designed to help those who are cooking for one save time and money and eat healthy doing it.
These types of resources are excellent for senior citizens who can visit these sites on a daily basis and not only get intriguing ideas for their next meal but find recipes and shopping lists to help them prep and cook.
Depending on the seniors comfort level and skill in and around the kitchen, there are subscription services that bring meals to the home, either in kit form to be prepped and cooked later or already prepared, hot and ready to eat.
For the former, meal kits are ideal for seniors who like working in the kitchen and prepping their own meals throughout the day. This is a great way to keep their mental faculties sharp and focused, challenging them to work with ingredients that they may not be familiar with but eager to learn. Best of all, these meals don’t take very long to prep and cook, with most of them averaging about 20-30 minutes.
With the latter, prepared meals are obviously pre-cooked and delivered in containers that are easy to access, made from fresh ingredients that are healthy as you would like. These come in a number of different plans to cater to certain diet restrictions and limitations. These meals are well-suited for seniors who don’t want to cook or are unable to work safely in the kitchen.
You can find delivery services that cater to seniors and their particular dietary requirements and most of them can be heated up in the microwave or oven upon arrival.