Home Care Tips: Three Healthy Snacks to Have on Hand at Home

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Most elderly adults and their caregivers recognize the importance of eating a healthy diet.  Elderly adults who get all of the nutrients they need each day feel happier, can manage their chronic Home-Care-in-Wheat-Ridge-COillnesses better, have more energy, and stay healthier.  However, eating a healthy diet every day can be a challenge, especially for elderly adults who may struggle with a lack of appetite, type 2 diabetes, or other health concerns.  One way caregivers can help keep the elderly adults under their care on the right track with eating well and getting plenty of nutrients is by keeping prepared snacks on hand and ready to go when hunger hits.  It is recommended that elderly adults eat smaller meals throughout the day instead of just 2 or 3 large ones, so having these convenient snacks ready is perfect for those who are striving to do just that.  Here are 3 examples of quick, easy, and healthy snacks that caregivers should always keep on hand.

Nuts With Shells Removed

Nuts can satisfy cravings for salty, savory foods such as potato chips.  Unlike chips, nuts are rich in protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids, all nutrients that are essential for an elderly adult’s healthy diet.  Elderly adults may shy away from nuts if they have to shell each one individually (like pistachios), so caregivers should be sure to keep plenty of nuts on hand with the shells already removed.

Veggies and Dip

Elderly adults (and their caregivers!) will be more apt to snack on veggies if they are already peeled, cut, and ready to go.  When the urge to snack hits, chances are you won’t want to take the time to prepare your snack, you will just want to eat something that is already prepared for you.  Caregivers can take some time once or twice a week to peel and cut veggies such as carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, raw broccoli and cauliflower, etc., and then store them in the fridge.  To add some zest to this snack, make up a quick ranch or hummus vegetable dip and keep that on hand, too.

Fruit Salad

Just as with vegetables, elderly adults will be more likely to snack on fruit if it is already cut into bite-sized pieces.  Hard fruits such as apples can be a bit daunting for elderly adults who may have tooth pain or trouble swallowing, but that doesn’t mean that they have to skip them all together.  Caregivers can cut up chunks of their elderly loved one’s favorite fruits and arrange them into a fruit salad and store it in the fridge where it will be ready for them when they are ready for a sweet snack!

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care in Wheat Ridge, CO, please contact Visiting Angels at 303-232-9999.

 

About Greg Elliott

Greg Elliott founded the Visiting Angels’ office in 2008 after a successful, twenty year career in pharmaceutical sales and management. The original office was located in Lakewood, and has since been relocated to Wheat Ridge to accommodate our ever-expanding team.

“Our goal is to allow Seniors to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. The service that we provide is truly rewarding, and I love the time I get to spend meeting Seniors in our community.”

Greg is a proud graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He currently resides in Arvada, and loves spending time with his wife and son and their Australian Shepherd . When not at the office, Greg enjoys travel, skiing, golf and fly-fishing.

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