Summer Meal Ideas for Seniors
Staying hydrated and observing proper nutrition are great ways for anyone to stay healthy this summer. Want to double down on your nutrient intake while keeping things light and fun? Here are three recipes you can try;
Fresh salads are fun, heart-healthy, nutrient-dense summer favourites that can be as basic as a fruit salad or something more exotic. Salads are fun and easy to put together and the best part is that they’re customizable to suit your tastes.
A fresh summer salad can be both refreshing and filling. For a burst of tropical goodness, you can throw together berries, diced mango, kiwi, sliced apples and grapes and put a classy twist to a simple classic.
Or perhaps your yearning is more towards the firm belief that a salad should only include lettuce, cucumber and cherry tomatoes? Well, you can add in olives, protein such as grilled chicken, ham, salmon, chickpeas, hard-boiled eggs, mixed beans, or chunks of cheese with extras such as potato salad and dressing.
Salmon, Egg, Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
Sandwiches are an excellent alternative to hot meals during the blistering summer heat. Although light, your sandwich fillings can be nutrient-packed to ensure your hard-earned summer bod stays in top shape.
Some simple ingredients you can use to put together this easy summer sandwich recipe include;
- A choice of either salmon or tuna
- Cheese slices
Salmon or tuna is a rich source of vitamins & minerals (including B12), antioxidants, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids have been linked to improved brain function, joints and general well-being.
Eggs and ham are a significant source of protein and are an inexpensive sandwich filler.
Eggs are a rich source of vitamins and minerals iron, zinc, Biotin, vitamins A, B2, B6, B12, K, D and E. The latter helps keep your skin, vision, and immune system functioning optimally. Cheese is also an excellent source of calcium, protein, Vitamin A, and B vitamins.
Spinach and Mushroom Omelette
If you or a loved one prefers a hearty, wholesome summer snack, then this spinach and mushroom-loaded omelette would be a fantastic way to kick things off.
This spinach and mushroom omelette is not only flavourful and filling, it is also charged with nutrients for days. Eggs are a popular breakfast choice and a healthy way to work some extra vitamin B12 into your diet. Veggies included, this summer recipe also includes vitamins A, B6 and potassium and magnesium.
Brainstorming and preparing meals daily can be an overwhelming task for one person.
Consider hiring a caregiver to give you a hand with the care of your loved one. Caring Home Care has a nurse registry that can match you or your aging loved one with a certified aid that can provide assistance with tasks such as meal preparation.