4 Homemade Snacks Fit for the Elderly

November 28, 2016

As people age, adjustments must be made in terms of lifestyle and diet. There are just things that your body is not capable of doing and eating anymore. This means no more random trips to L.A. or Chicago for you, caregiver services become an option, and cheat meals become more dangerous. Luckily there are simple and fun ways to adjust to what your body is telling you and there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to the food you could eat. As a matter of fact, there are even snacks that are so simple, you can do it yourself!

Nachos

This is a fun snack to make and share! It features all the crisp and flavor that you love without all the guilt. Start with a base of tortilla chips; there are a number of options that you can purchase – some have less or no salt and others are even whole grain. Spread a spoonful of refried beans on top on your chips to add some dietary fiber and protein. Then, sprinkle a few spinach leaves and add a good helping of salsa. If you don’t know how to prepare the salsa, just buy a jar in the market. However, make sure to pay attention to the amount of sodium and sugars in the recipe or, if you can, find an all organic option. Add a good amount of steamed shredded chicken and grated cheddar in the mix. Afterwards, place it in the microwave for about 1 ½ minutes and finish it off with some sour cream on top. 

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Eggs and Toast

Sometimes, keeping it simple is the best rule when making snacks for yourself. If you want something that you can whip up on a whim, try this eggs and toast recipe! Don’t be fooled by its name; this snack is not just for breakfast – you can enjoy this anytime during the day as well. First, you’ll need some hard-boiled or poached eggs, which are a good source of protein. One or two eggs should be enough. Then, grab some whole-wheat toast and spread peanut butter on it to get your daily dose of carbs and healthy fats. Finish this snack dish with some fresh sliced fruits on the side. 

Fresh Fruits

One snack dish you can’t go wrong with are freshly sliced fruits. Fruits are easy to buy and there is a wide variety of them, every single one having its own nutritional benefits.  The varied choices means that there are so many flavors and textures for you to enjoy. However, you have make sure that the fruits you choose will not trigger an existing health condition or allergy. 

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Trail Mix

Store-bought trail mix is not the best option for the elderly because of the number of additives in the mix. It has high sodium and sugar levels and it can lead to weight gain. That’s why making your own homemade mix is ideal. There are two main parts in a good trail mix: your base and toppings. For your base, you can choose between a mix of nuts, cereals, or granola. However, the common choice are nuts, such as walnuts and almonds, because they have great nutritional values if they’re unsalted. Meanwhile, your toppings can consist of dried fruits, an assortment of seeds, or even dark chocolate. These toppings are sure to balance the flavor and texture of your base, creating the perfect snack that you can carry anywhere.

These snacks are fun to prepare, eat, and share. Plus, preparing them creates an outlet for restlessness and a way to interact with others. Moreover, snacking on these treats will make older individuals feel like kids again. This will also be a great example to the younger generation since it shows that it is never too early or too late to start taking care of yourself. If aging people can do it, surely anyone can.

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