If you’re a senior, you are at greater risk to suffer from malnutrition whether you live in a senior care facility or you are independent living on your own. A senior sometimes has trouble eating adequate nutritional food. This can be because of the high cost of healthy foods which may be beyond a budget or because of decreased absorption efficiency. Also, the sense of taste changes with age so that healthy foods often don’t taste good anymore to a senior. Regardless, eating a healthy breakfast is the first step to keeping your quality of life if you are a senior.
Below are some suggestions on inexpensive easy to make breakfasts:
- Eggs: Eggs have gotten a bad rap, but are an excellent breakfast for seniors. Eggs are high in protein, inexpensive and easy to make. If you have heart disease or high cholesterol, then egg whites are better for you though.
- Oatmeal: Oatmeal is an excellent source of fibers and nutrients. Not only that, but it’s easy to chew, somewhat inexpensive and easy to prepare. One packet of oatmeal will provide in your diet about 4 grams of fiber also.
- Fresh fruit: An excellent source of vitamins and dietary fiber are fresh fruits. Additionally, bananas, plums, blueberries, kiwi fruit and fresh peaches are easy to chew and swallow. These fruits can be sliced and sprinkled on the top of oatmeal or breakfast cereal too.
- Smoothies: These high protein smoothies are easy to prepare. Just add soft fruits, peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter to low fat milk or soy milk. For extra creamy drinks you can add in soy yogurt or low-fat yogurt.
By eating a diet high in fiber, this decreases the chances of constipation in seniors also. Another thing, eat your big meal at lunch instead of at the end of the day so that it digests better. You could meet friends at their independent living facility here and have lunch together if you want company additionally.
Importantly, remember to add more whole grain to your diet. The change from white bread to whole wheat bread may take a little getting used to, but the bread is better for you. Lastly, see the dentist regularly. If your teeth hurt, you won’t eat right regardless of the diet.
Acquiring more protein and vitamins in your diet is important.