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13 Simple Dining Plan Ideas for Seniors

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For older people, it may not be as easy as it once was to maintain a healthy diet. It’s possible that foods may no longer seem as flavorful due to a diminished sense of taste. Blood pressure medications and other pharmaceuticals may affect taste as well. Some seniors simply lose interest in cooking. Digestive issues, oral health, and even vitamin deficiencies can each contribute to a senior’s disinterest in eating well. Thoughtful meal planning can help ensure nutritional, tasty meals for the older loved one in your life. Here’s a selection of easy, nutrient- dense meal plans for seniors that can form the basis of a better diet. 

Start with a Healthy Breakfast

Protein is especially important in the morning. The kinds of foods that go into a healthy, palatable, protein-rich breakfast for seniors can include warm oatmeal, berries, poached or hard-boiled eggs, whole-grain pancakes or waffles, toast with peanut butter, yogurt, nuts and fruit. Follow these links to some quick, easy, delicious breakfast recipes.

Banana Spice Smoothie

This recipe contains kefir, a fermented milk drink similar to a thin yogurt, which is good for digestion and keeping inflammation under control. It’s also high in vitamin B12.

Pumpkin Oatmeal

This simple breakfast packs extra vitamins and minerals from canned pumpkin and is rich in dietary fiber from the oats.

Easy Fruit Salad

The fruits and honey in this refreshing breakfast recipe deliver lots of vitamin C. Berries, kiwis and mango add an unexpected twist.

Whole Grain Peanut Butter and Fruit Toast

The perfect taste treat for optimal levels of fiber, minerals and vitamins.

Beet-Carrot-Apple Juice

It might sound sketchy, but one sip will win anyone over. This surprising juice combination is sweet and rich with an abundance of health benefits for seniors. Beets are particularly good for brain health and carrots support eyesight with vitamin A.

Refuel Over Lunch

Keep the good nutrition going with lunch items that contain protein, vitamin B12 and omega 3 fatty acids. Adding a source of calcium is good for seniors as well.

Spinach & Mushroom Omelette

This nutritious lunch is fluffy, light and packed with flavor. The eggs and veggies are rich in vitamins B12, A and B6, as well as extra potassium and magnesium.

Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes

Cheese and extra spices make this dish delicious and easy to chew. It’s easy to add protein with bits of ham or chicken.

Homemade Creamy Vegetable Soup

Light, easy, incredibly delicious. And surprise … there’s no cream. This highly nutritious alternative relies on milk and an abundance of vegetables to deliver a healthy, satisfying lunch. 

Quinoa Black Bean Burrito Bowls

These are exceptionally simple to make and absolutely delicious. Quinoa is a Peruvian superfood with a high nutrient content, so it’s great for older adults. Fresh vegetables, legumes and spices bring this lunch to life. 

What’s for Dinner?

Can dinner for seniors be easy, creative and nutritious? Yes! Try these recipes first.

Stuffed Green Peppers

Delicious and full of protein, vitamins and minerals, combine this dish with a fruit salad or smoothie to round out a nutrient-packed evening meal.

Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

A simple, flavorful, accessible dinner for seniors. This casserole is a great option for those who struggle with subtle flavors or who have occasional difficulty chewing.

One Pot Garlic Pasta

This is an excellent recipe for a simple healthy dinner. Pasta is perfect for older people and whole grain pasta provides essential vitamins and minerals. Garlic is good for digestion and immunity, and the inclusion of butter and chicken stock adds extra vitamin B12.

Mushroom & Leek Risotto

Here’s a comfort food that’s easy to make and filled with flavor. This vegan recipe contains just eight ingredients and takes about 30 minutes to make.

Discover Exceptional Senior Dining at Essex Meadows

Keeping your senior loved one on a meal plan built on good nutrition and flavorful appeal is sure to help them enjoy a higher level of energy, better cognition and better overall health. The recipes included here are easy enough for just about anyone to prepare, but if the senior in your life needs a little assistance and motivation, providing it for them will go a long way toward enhancing their quality of life.

At Essex Meadows, we know food is the spice of life and should be savored. Healthy, nutritious, delicious meals are the highlight of each day. With our careful attention to detail, high culinary standards and adventurous spirit, we’ve designed the dining experience at Essex Meadows to exceed your expectations. Find out more. Contact us today.