Elderly Nutrition Snacks
These elderly nutrition snacks can help tip the balance -- in favor of your or your loved one’s dietary nutrition needs in an enjoyable, healthy way with high nutrition foods and snacks. Many seniors experience loss of appetite or change in eating habits due to a variety of elderly issues. Sometimes they are no longer able to cook much. (See our article on elderly nutrition problems). Elderly nutrition snacks can come in very handy.
It is typical for the elderly to pick at meals or to snack in small amounts throughout the day. Unfortunately, sometimes this snacking is very unhealthy. We all know much of the snack and convenience food is lacking in proper dietary nutrition. The sugar and bad fats and carbs are, in fact, detrimental to elderly people’s sensitive health and lead to all sorts of
elderly nutrition problems.
Since many enjoyable senior activities revolve around food and snacking, let’s make them healthy! Here are some healthful elderly nutrition snacks to try. In all cases, use as much low-salt or no-salt as possible in your elderly nutrition snacks, as well as reduced sugar or no sugar. Choose store-bought items made with healthy oils. And we have some fabulous and very easy healthy snack recipes to make!
Healthy oils -- Your elderly nutrition snacks should be ideally made with olive oil, peanut oil, sunflower or safflower oil, flaxseed oil, soybean oil – these do not have the dreaded trans fats. If you see packaging that says “hydrogenated,” run the other way. These processed oils are only good for the processing process in the factory, and shelf life -- Not your life! Avoid coconut oil, palm oil and related palm products. If you eat dairy, eat low-fat products (soy products are better for you, such as soy milk).
Antioxidants -- As you know, these are molecules and natural compounds found in foods, that stop free radicals dead in their tracks. Free radicals damage our cells, which can result in a whole range of diseases. Antioxidants help slow aging, prevent heart disease, stroke, cancer, and reduce blood pressure, to name a few. Here are some top antioxidant foods to include in elderly nutrition snacks: berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries); broccoli, tomatoes, red grapes (including red wine and natural grape juice); garlic, spinach; green tea (studies also indicate black teas); carrots; soy; whole grains.
Natural sugars -- Found in fruits and vegetables – use these when snacking as much as possible. White sugar has been called “white death" and should be used at a very minimum in elderly nutrition snacks. It can act as a free radical in our bodies and cause our organs to work overtime to process it, until they finally develop problems and can’t function, even shut down. Honey and fructose are also just other forms of sugar and should be used sparingly.
Favorite Fruit Nutrition Facts
-- Read more on some favorite fruit nutrition facts, like fruit can get the body to practically vacuum itself out. Sort of. Not to mention that all-important age defying help. And then there’s memory. (You can get lots of this nutrition through healthy snacking with fruit).
Snacks to have on hand:
Here are some healthy elderly nutrition snacks to have on hand that are easy to grab and munch on. It’s always best to get natural foods, minimally processed, especially from the health food section or store. Here are some of our favorites that we always have around:
Bag of cut pre-veggies -- Such as broccoli, cauliflower (although they get brown faster) and baby carrots. (Both broccoli and carrots are high antioxidant foods). Don't miss our special recipes:Easy Healthy Recipes
Bag of organic baby spinach leaves -- Besides putting these into sandwiches, tortilla roll-ups and the like, I eat them straight out of the bag like others eat chips! I love them. Spinach is also a high antioxidant food and is recommended for good vision, especially preventing macular degeneration. Bags of veggies are ideal elderly nutrition snacks
Bag of organic spring greens mix -- Another green leafy snack – which is recommended for good vision.
Snap pea pods – These raw pea pods come in bags and are naturally a little sweet. Delicious!
Mini baby carrots – The smallest mini size carrots are easiest to bite and chew.
Red peppers – These need to be washed and cut; especially high in Vitamins C and A. Good for the eyes. Peppers of all colors make great elderly nutrition snacks
Bag of pre-shredded red cabbage -- The US Department of Agriculture says the red pigment (anthocyanins) helps fight cancer. Use in tortilla roll-ups, sandwiches, general cooking. I also eat this right out of the bag!
Cherry tomatoes -- Easy to pop into your mouth and eat. No cutting necessary. High in antioxidants.
Celery sticks -- High in vitamin C, good for blood pressure, cholesterol, and preventing cancer.
Avocado -- Needs to be cut or sliced, also found in guacamole dips. High in vitamins, minerals and lutein, which is recommended to prevent vision problems and macular degeneration. Avos can be used in all sorts of elderly nutrition snacks
Olives -- Choose kalamata (Greek) or nicoise (French). They are naturally processed and more flavorful. Other standard black and green olives (Mission olives and Spanish olives) that you see on the grocery shelves may be cured with lye.
Variety of fresh, seasonal fruit – Always best to get organic without pesticides if possible. You can also clean with a special spray fruit and vegetable wash. See fruits mentioned above in the antioxidant list for your elderly nutrition snacks.
Hummus -- This is a flavorful Mediterranean chickpea dip also often made with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and a little salt. Get a natural kind.
Dried apples -- And other dried fruit. We get them from the health food store without preservatives, and low- or no-sugar.
Dried cranberries -- Make sure they are as low in sugar as possible.
Natural juices -- We get these in the natural food section. Most other commercial juices add a lot of extra sugar and empty calories.
Raw nuts -- Unprocessed nuts maintain their nutrients. Many are high in antioxidants. The best nuts are almonds, walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pine nuts, pistachios. Nuts can be included in many elderly nutrition snacks -- use your imagination!
Nut butters -- Get unprocessed, fresh nut butters that maintain their nutrients. These can be used in all kinds of elderly nutrition snacks. Besides peanutbutter, try almond butter or cashew butter (my favorite). Spread on whole grain crackers, or make a sandwich with whole grain bread.
Natural pumpkin seeds -- Raw seeds are very high in vitamins and minerals. See our easy and delicious recipe below for a baked pumpkin seed snack.
Unsweetened, all-fruit jam -- Made with pure fruit, these provide nutrients and are naturally sweet. You can put it in yogurt or over natural ice cream too.
Natural granola, without added sugar -- Fun to just put in a bowl and snack on.
Granola bars -- A wonderful brand is Kashi. These are natural granola bars and are low in fat. They have a good balance of health carbs, protein and sugars, and other nutrients.
Herring in wine sauce -- Herring has a lot of nutrients such as Omega 3 fatty acids, as found in other ocean fish.
Canned tuna and/or salmon -- Again, lots of healthy nutrients. Since it is pre-cooked, it can be used right out of the can on crackers or toast, or in a quick salad.
Pieces of small, cooked pre-cut chicken
Natural salami slices -- Minimally processed and without nitrates. Get it in the natural foods section.
Whole grain crackers -- You’ll get lots of ideas from this page for using crackers in elderly nutrition snacks. Try to find low-fat, reduced salt.
Whole grain tortilla chips -- Baked is always best. With a little salsa, of course.
Popcorn -- low salt, and low- or no-butter. I get my microwavable popcorn from the health food store. It is totally plain, so I can dress it up as I want. Try parmesan cheese or a little freshly ground pepper. Or both!
Trail mix -- low or no sugar.
Brown rice cakes -- Brown rice is much healthier than white rice because it is unprocessed and contains more nutrients.
Low-fat string cheese sticks.
Yoghurt -- Plain, unsweetened, which you can then dress up with berries or natural jam, or a little natural granola on top.
Cheese Sticks -- Low-fat mozzarella string cheese is great.
Spreadable cheese -- You can get natural cheeses in small tubs.
Rice Dream -- Instead of ice cream. Non-dairy, lactose-free. These are all-natural frozen desserts that are derived from rice instead of milk or cream. They have the texture of ice cream, are just a delicious, and come in many flavors. They also come in frozen bars on a stick with a natural chocolate coating, or frozen pies. My favorite is called a Mocha Pie.
Natural popsicles -- Make them at home by pouring natural juice into a popsicle form, add a stick, and freeze. You can also add in a piece of fruit.
-- Our "recipe central" with lots of great ideas, plus many links to get you to other pages with delicious recipes to check out!
Healthy Snack Recipes
-- Healthy snack recipes are becoming almost a rage these days. And we’ve got some super-delicious, super-easy, super-healthy ones for all ages. Many of these recipes are great to add to parties. Don’t miss these!
Creative and Simple Fruit Salad Characters
-- Simple fruit salad is fun to make for all ages, and ours includes unique whimsical characters and ways to "decorate" salads, plus yummy fruit salad dressing! And an easy and delicious Carrot Slaw to serve on the side. They're both a recipe and a craft! Perfect for fun snacking, or to include with a meal. Makes great senior activity ideas too! Splurge A Little!
Once in awhile you just have to splurge and have a little party. We have some great ideas for parties (healthy too!) -- just add some party balloons and party favors, plus great recipes and decorations, and you're ready to go.
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-- Our healthy dessert recipes are delicious and fresh. Lots of ways to modify and use them too, including for low salt or sugar ideas. Check these out!
Elderly Fiesta Activities
-- See our fiesta party ideas and easy recipes, including some delicious Sangrias. Fun projects for party decorations and centerpieces too. (Also check out our related page for a fantastic
Fish Taco Recipe.)
Fish Party Activities
-- Check our elderly fish party activities for fun theme-based recipes and ideas - fishing!
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