This easy salmon patty recipe is really flavorful — and fabulous for either a healthy snack recipe, or for a complete meal! This will ensure they get plenty of protein, vitamins, minerals, and those healthy Omega 3 fats.

This is very important for maintaining proper nutrition. Salmon is one of the most valuable foods nutrition-wise for senior health. So it’s excellent for elderly nutrition, particularly when our loved ones are light eaters. And it’s very flexible. So be sure to try this out!

You can use either leftover fresh salmon, or canned salmon. (Wild Pacific salmon, such as Alaskan red sockeye, is best. Atlantic salmon is usually raised on farms and is less healthy).

Our Salmon Patty Recipe

For this salmon patty recipe, it is pan fried (ideally in olive oil, not butter since it’s much healthier), and is quick to make. Makes about 4 medium patties.

You need:

One 7.5 oz. can of salmon (I get “Wild caught” Alaskan sockeye salmon
1 egg, beaten
2 to 3 Tablespoons of milk
1/4 cup of bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste (Spike is also good instead)
Optional – Mayo (if you use it, you may want to cut back on the milk)
Optional – Dash of mustard powder
Optional – 1/4 to 1/3 cup finely chopped onions

1 to 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
Slice of cheese

Possible garnishments:
Lettuce leaf
Slice of green pepper
Slice of onion (I like caramelized!)

Remove scaly matter and bones from the canned salmon. Then flake the salmon with a fork in a mixing bowl. Add in all other ingredients (except olive oil and slice of cheese), and mix well. (If you don’t use mayo, they’ll keep longer, so can be used for picnics).

Heat olive oil in a fry pan, on Medium heat. Form mixture into patties. Fry in the olive oil on both sides until brown. When almost done, add the slice of cheese and let it melt. Serve as is, or on a whole-grain bun. You can also serve them with your favorite fish sauce drizzled over the top.

This is one of our really easy salmon recipes – enjoy!

More delicious ideas:

Simple Grilled Salmon Recipes — Want something more — but also simple? Our grilled salmon recipes are both simple and packed with nutrition. And talk about tasty! Try these glazes and grilling ideas for a unique dinner at home or a party.

Delicious Healthy Dessert Recipes — Our healthy dessert recipes are delicious and fresh. Lots of ways to modify and use them too, including for low salt or sugar ideas.
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 that will boost nutrition.

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A myriad of specific elderly nutrition problems tend to increase as we age — and proper nutrition is often more difficult to get. Nutrition (or lack of it) in our older loved ones is often hidden
And it may be difficult to discover exactly what it going on.

When Dad first moved from Arizona into his assisted living facility back here, he was 93. One of the first things I noticed was his lack of appetite. It was not just from the stress of moving, but was a long-term issue. He ate like a bird, ate very little protein, but lots of salt and sugar. Lots of snacks.This was not like him. He had always been astute with his nutrition.

So I immediately had to make sure plenty of healthy snack food (including with protein) was always on hand, plus be sure that he got at least one good protein meal a day. (See our page on delicious elderly nutrition snacks).

Certainly, taking vitamins and supplements can help. And a balanced diet plan is a must. Nutritious recipes for cooking can help. We know all these things, at least in the back of our minds. But the consequences of not getting enough high nutrition foods is very serious.


Proper elderly nutrition and eating habits are crucial to maintain quality of life: control blood sugar levels to avoid diabetes, maintain good vision, a positive mood, good sleep, better eyesight, energy, bone and muscle strength, digestion, good elimination, etc. These are severely affected with poor diet, causing sometimes serious elderly nutrition problems.

Startling Studies and Statistics

Some of the studies I came upon floored me. Elderly nutrition problems are, and have been, an important concern for health officials — the Centers for Disease Control estimate that by 2030 the U.S. population will double, to about 71 million older adults. That is about one in every five people.

We are, as they say, on the “brink of a longevity revolution.” It is crucial that we focus on a healthy lifestyle, and nutrition tops the list.

In 2000 the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion did a study with a group of elderly, their nutrition, and elderly nutrition problems. The average age in the study was 72.3 years old, with 48% men and 52% women.

They concluded that elderly who did not eat sufficient amounts of quality food (i.e. meat, fish, vegetables) took in, of course, less calories, good carbs, good fats, and protein. Key vitamins and minerals (such as the B’s, iron and zinc) that are crucial to brain and immune system function were also lacking. They thus were more greatly susceptible to infection, as well as cognitive disorders and chronic illness.

The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) studies also say that of Americans over age 65, malnutrition and obesity are common. This can be partly due to having to cheap, nutrition-less food. Because of budget concerns. In fact, the studies indicate that if the elderly receive what is known as “nutritional intervention,” many diseases could be prevented.

One of the most startling studies to me was this…
Intervention studies
indicate that malnutrition is a major reason for hospitalization for the elderly — one of the more severe elderly nutrition problems. As we age have the same Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) as when we were young, with Vitamins D, B6, and calcium as exceptions.

Yet the elderly don’t need as many calories. I certainly realized this with Dad. So with less calories, often these needed nutrients are not obtained. Women need even fewer calories, so can have even a more difficult time.

It is evident that highly nutritious foods with lower calories are vital, and a wide variety of foods in moderate portions. But many elderly enjoy comfort food and snacking — often their choices are not healthy.

Dad loved to just nibble. He got to a point when he only vaguely cared about the nutritional value of his food. I had to care for him. So healthy  snacks are a very important means of getting those nutrient-dense foods.

Food Stamps can assist the elderly in obtaining healthy groceries, yet according to the U.S. government, very few participate because of lack of information about the program and as importantly, about nutritional need. They do not perceive that there is an elderly nutrition problem. Many elderly also perceive a negative stigma attached to Food Stamps.

There are other elderly nutrition problems, however. They’re serious, sometimes subtle elderly dietary problems are from changes in eating patterns. And we need to get to the root of it, as they pose a real health threat.

There are many reasons for poor eating
Like the inability to grocery shop, poor digestion, chewing difficulties including difficulties with dentures, poor appetite. Loved ones may pick at food, or even forget to eat. Or they might just like what they like, and it’s not necessarily all good. And oh how stubborn older folks can sometimes be!

There are also specialty concerns, such as diabetes. And if your loved one has any kind of serious vision loss, there is a special recommended nutrition for eyes that you should know about. It’s particularly for vision and macular degeneration nutrition. This eye disease is one of Dad’s major issues. Macular degeneration extremely common. So I was particularly interested in anything that can help prevent or help this. An eye doctor can tell you about this particular nutrition for eyes if you are concerned.


No doubt a number of preventative measures can assist in elderly heath besides good nutrition.

Also important are regular exercise (which aids in all body functions including digestion), quitting tobacco products, and getting regular preventative medical check-ups, including for dementia screening (dementia greatly impacts eating and nutrition), and depression. Other issues can occur with elderly nutritition food safety as well, and we discuss more solutions on that page.

An interesting consideration which I personally have used for years, — Goat milk products have special properties that can help provide proper nutrition for the elderly. You can read more about this topic at a web site called Everything Goat Milk; see Elderly Nutrition and Goat Milk.

The Centers for Disease Control state that although there is, of course, a higher possibility of poor health as we age, it is not an inevitable consequence!

Follow our link below and learn more about elderly nutrition and what you can do.

Easy Healthy Recipes — Our “recipe central,” with lots of great recipes and links within our site to take you to more healthy recipes you might like to find out more about.
Healthy Snack Recipes — Especially important for those with elderly nutrition problems. Learn lots of easy and nutritious recipes.
Delicious Healthy Dessert Recipes — Something for almost everyone, including those with sugar, carb, and fat restrictions. Learn new recipes and ideas for sweetening the healthy way.

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by Deb

These apple sauce brownies are absolutely delicious and use just a little oil. Plus, the apples make them very healthy.

1/4 Cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 Cups Sugar (can use sugar substitute like Splenda or adjust with stevia instead)
2 Cups Flour (try whole wheat pastry flour)
2 Cups Apple sauce (naturally sweetened or unsweetened is best)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Tablespoons Cocoa
2 eggs (can use 4 egg whites to reduce fat even more)

Pre Heat oven at 350F. Beat sugar and oil until smooth, then mix in remaining ingredients. Pour mixture into greased 9 X 13 inch pan. Bake at 350F for about 35 minutes. Let cool, then enjoy!

For an extra delight, you can sprinkle chocolate chips or powdered sugar on top, once brownies are finished baking. Another option is to add nuts to the brownie batter for a delicious and nutty flair!

I hope you enjoy these special brownies as much as my family and I do!

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Fresh strawberry desserts are available almost all year long!
Our strawberry desserts are festive enough for special holidays and parties, and can be made any time of the year. (And in the off-season, you can use frozen for most of these recipes).

Nutritious! – As you may know, strawberries are very healthy with no sodium, cholesterol or fat. Plus they’re high in vitamins like Vitamin C, and great for fiber and anti-oxidants to support our health.

These fun fresh strawberry desserts are perfect for special occasions and holidays such as Valentine’s Day, the 4th of July, even Christmas (red and green)! And, of course, all spring and summer long. Even during winter you can usually find fresh strawberries in the stores. Making strawberry treats are also delicious senior activity ideas that you can eat!

Fresh Strawberry Desserts

Apple Bowl With Berries

And lots of other goodies too. This is very healthy, especially using natural products.

Try real whipped cream and/or natural ice cream. (We used whipped cream from a can for some of our fresh strawberry desserts, but you can use fresh, home-made). Orstrawberry ice cream. Or both!

You will need:

  • A small plate or shallow bowl
  • Bright red apple, cut in half, core scooped out
  • About 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • Whipped cream
  • Ice cream (optional)
  • 6 to 8 pieces of cut fresh strawberries
  • 4 to 5 raspberries
  • 3 to 4 blueberries (optional, but fun for July 4th) !
  • Strawberry sauce (see recipe further below)
  • Small sized kabob skewer (“brochette” size)
  • Candy for garnishment

Pour lemon juice into a shallow small bowl, making a large puddle to dip the apple into.

Cut an apple in half and place it face down in the lemon juice right away, to prevent browning. Then take a spoon or knife to core and hollow out a bowl shape in the apple.

Drizzle some strawberry sauce into the hollow. If you are serving your fresh strawberry desserts right away, fill the hollow with a scoop of ice cream. You will want to have your berries all ready (strawberries cut in advance), to quickly prepare this so it does not melt. Otherwise, fill the hollow with whipped cream.

Then arrange the strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and anything else you’d like to use. Add a little more whipped cream and berries, repeating as many layers as you’d like. Then stick the skewer into the apple, and top it off with a raspberry, blueberry, or other garnishment.

Arrange any candies around the bottom. Chocolate candy is also delicious with strawberries.

Strawberry Chocolate Cup

This item can actually be several projects for fresh strawberry desserts all in one. You have making the chocolate cup if you’d like (very easy, see below), and also the chocolate swirl on top (also easy, see our Food Activities page). And of course making the dessert itself. This could also be a fully no-bake project.

You will need:

  • Chocolate cups; either from store or home-made
  • 4 to 6 strawberries per cup
  • Other berries if desired
  • Strawberry ice cream 
  •  - OR – Whipped cream
  • Strawberry sauce (recipe below) or jam
  • Chocolate swirl for top, or other candy or topping

If you are making your own chocolate cups, which is really fun and quick, see below. When the chocolate is chilled and set, remove from their cups.

Cut several strawberries in small pieces. Place them in the bottom of the cups, along with a few other berries, until the cup is full. If you are using strawberry sauce or jam, drizzle it on at this point. Option: you could also add in a couple spoonfuls of chocolate custard/pudding. Add on a small scoop of strawberry ice cream. Top with a chocolate swirl (see how to make them at link above), or other candy or topper. That’s it!

Chocolate Cups

These delicious cups are fun food activities for seniors and can be used for all sorts of desserts! They have a natural, fanciful free-form look since they’re home made.

You will need:

  • Package of chocolate chips
  • Baking cups
  • Cupcake pan
  • Spray oil 
  • Craft paint brush
  • Spoons, water and paper towels
  • Platter

These are so easy. I just used regular paper baking cups. But if you can, the silicone cups work really well, as the chocolate pops right out.

Microwave the chocolate chips to melt them at short intervals. This avoids over-cooking. First melt for 30 seconds, remove and stir. Then 15 seconds, remove and stir. Do this routine until the chips are melted, with just a few lumps remaining, that will melt on their own as you stir.

Spray the paper baking cups with oil. Spoon melted chocolate onto the bottom of a baking cup and spread it around.

With a moist but not wet brush, brush chocolate up the sides of the cup to thoroughly coat it. Put them all in the fridge to set for 10 minute. (Wash and dry paint brush between applications).

Then brush another coat of chocolate, and into fridge for another 10 to 15 minutes. When they’re set, gently peel off the paper. Or pop them out of the silicone cups. Place them on a platter.

Now they’re ready to fill with your preference of ingredients for fresh strawberry desserts, or whatever else you choose.

Options — Here is another super simply way to use them. Just fill with fruit and whatever else you like, and squirt chocolate tube icing over them. Top with a candy.

Chocolate cups are excellent for any holiday events. You can also get squirt tube icing in a variety of colors to suit your occasion — such as green for Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day; orange for Halloween. Strawberries (including frozen) can be found almost all year long.

All-Natural Strawberry Sauce

I make many berry sauces like this, and this one can be added into many fresh strawberry desserts for a little extra enhancement.

You will need:

  • Sauce pan with cover
  • 1 to 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup, to taste
  • About 1 teaspoon water

The amount of ingredients is flexible, depending on how much you’re making, and how sweet you want the sauce. Just place all the ingredients in the sauce pan. Bring to a boil on Medium heat, then turn it to Low and cover the pan.

Let it simmer for about a half hour or so, depending on how much strawberries you used. You want the berries to be soft. If you want the sauce to be thinner, add in a little more water, or even more honey/syrup. Then with a fork, mash the berries. Serve warm, add in to other desserts, or chill the sauce. I like to eat it just plain! It’s also great over ice cream.

Brandy Chocolate Strawberry Tart

I loved the recipe a reader submitted for Brandy Chocolate Custard and decided to use it on our fresh strawberry desserts page. You can also eliminate the brandy and just use vanilla. Or use chocolate ice cream instead of making the custard.

(NOTE: I did use 3 Tablespoons of brandy instead of 2; and 2 Tablespoons of coco powder instead of 1 –  because I like strong flavor).

You will need:

  • Pre-made mini graham cracker crust pie shells
  • 3 to 4 strawberries, cut in pieces
  • Raspberries, blueberries, etc. as desired.
  • Brandy chocolate custard made in advance
  •  - OR just use chocolate ice cream 
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate swirl topper, or other candy or topper

Fill the graham tart shells with a spoonful of custard and several pieces of cut strawberries, raspberries, etc. Add another mound or two of custard. Top with a bit of whipped cream, and insert a chocolate swirl (easy on our food activities page). Also shown in the picture, a pink covered strawberry — you can learn to make chocolate covered strawberries in a very simple way. They’re great to use for all kinds of things.

Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins

Fresh strawberry desserts are more naturally sweet when made with exactly that – fresh strawberries. This is a delicious rendition of the Oatmeal and Peach Muffin recipe submitted in our Share Your Healthy Desserts Forum, by Anne of Illinois. She suggested modifying the recipe with fresh strawberries instead of peaches. So I did give it a try, and it’s very good. I used pure maple syrup instead of the honey, since that’s the sweetener I prefer.

You will need:

Have 3/4 cup of fresh chopped strawberries ready first.
Sift the following dry ingredients together:
1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
3 1/2 tsp of baking powder
Add in next:
1 tsp of vanilla
Then stir in a cup of rolled oats
Beat together:
1 egg
1 cup of milk
1/4 cup of oil
4 Tablespoons of maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
Add the wet ingredients into the dry. Stir until just combined; do not over-mix.
Add in the cut strawberries. Stir again gently, until just mixed in.
Bake in pre-heated oven, 20 to 25 minutes. Later, you can top it with a little strawberry sauce and cut berries.
Berry muffins not only make delicious fresh strawberry desserts, but also are favorite items for buffets and brunches.

Frozen Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream Pie

We topped this dessert with cooked dark cherry sauce for a little variety, but you could also use strawberries, or a medley of berries.

You will need:

  • 1 quart of natural ice cream or ice milk. Or try strawberry flavored Rice Dream.
  • I cup of chopped fresh strawberries
  • Several halved strawberries (for top) – or use a different kind of berry on top for contrast, or sauce as in the photo; even jam
  • ½ cup unsweetened chocolate chips (optional, but yummy)
  • Whipped cream topping (optional)

First, pre-bake a pie crust according to its instructions, and cool. You can also use a graham cracker or cookie crumb type crust. We stress using natural, low-sugar ingredients when at all possible. You can find all kinds of healthy options in the natural food section of your grocery store, or at a health food store.

Soften the ice cream until you can mix it, then stir it until it is smooth. Gently fold in the strawberries and chocolate chips. Stir until evenly mixed in. Put the mixture into the pie crust. Add the sliced strawberries in a decorative pattern on top. Cover well with plastic wrap, and freeze. To serve, top with whipped cream, if you’d like, and a whole strawberry on each piece. Or a piece of candy.

How To Make Ice Cream — Learn how to make fresh strawberry ice cream, the easy way. Nowadays how to make ice cream is very easy, because there are excellent gadgets out there. Great ice cream can make a healthy dessert – it all depends on the recipe.

My dad made his own homemade ice cream until he was 93 (when he could no long see well enough). That’s how easy it is. We have some of his excellent, natural recipes here, including strawberry. Machines are inexpensive and worth it. Ice cream making is a great group activity as well.

Fresh and Easy Strawberry Pie

Our fresh and easy strawberry pie has a most marvelous flavor and texture. The secret is making the sauce filling. It is definitely not the gelatinous kind. Everyone calls it the best they’ve had! And it only takes minutes to make.

This is my mother’s recipe that has been in the family for over 50 years, and we’re very excited to share it. This is one of my favorite fresh strawberry desserts, and is perfect for special occasions like Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, even Christmas. Click here to get the full recipe: Fresh and Easy Strawberry Pie.

Bouquet Strawberry Desserts

These fresh strawberry desserts have your choice of topping and are fabulous bouquet gifts you can make. Do it the super easy way, or make chocolate covered strawberries. We explain how to do both on this page. See how to make a candy vase with a bouquet. Or perhaps a parfait bouquet (that you eat right away, of course!) This is both a food and craft project. And no matter what your age or ability level, these bouquets make a great project. The result will be an attractive centerpiece, door prize, or gift – and they’re sure to please; plus satisfying to make and give. Go to: Bouquet Strawberry Desserts.

Strawberry Fruit Kabob

This towering fruit kabob is made with strawberries, apples, raspberries, candy, and whatever else you’d like to put on it. This is a healthy dessert you can stretch your imagination with. Plus, it’s both a craft and a food project! Strawberries are a versatile fruit to use for any occasion, so you can decorate this kabob for lots of holidays and parties. Use it for a centerpiece, door prize, gift, or fun dessert. Get the details by clicking this link: Strawberry Fruit Kabob.

Strawberry and cheese kabobs — You can also make fresh strawberry desserts with stacks of cheese cubes on a skewer, topped with the berries. Serve with other cheese and fruit plates.

strawberry cheese kabobs


Decorate your favorite cake by creating a flower pattern on the top, held in place with frosting or whipped cream. Start with a wide circle of petals on the bottom, and work your way up. You can make as many petal layers as you’d like, depending on how fancy you want to get. Also consider finishing it off with a dollop of whipped cream on top, and/or candies or sprinkles.

Use a baked apple as a base for this easy dessert. Surround it with fresh strawberries and a cookie such as a meringue or a macaroon. Top with whipped cream and drizzle on some strawberry sauce or even jam.

Be sure to also see:

Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries – In many colors! Plus, creative decoration ideas, for many seasons and holidays.
Valentine’s Day Desserts
Get more ideas for fresh strawberry desserts (and others) on this festive page.

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healthy snacks

These elderly nutrition snacks can help tip the balance – in favor of you or your loved one’s dietary needs, in an enjoyable way – using highly healthy foods and snacks.

Many seniors experience loss of appetite or change in eating habits due to a variety of issues. Sometimes they are no longer able to cook much. Nutritious snacks to just grab can come in very handy.

About elderly nutrition snacks…

Choosing snacks will depend on health issues (including ability to chew well), doctor recommendations, dietary restrictions, allergies, etc.

It’s typical for elderly to pick at meals or snack in small amounts throughout the day. Unfortunately, sometimes this snacking is very unhealthy. We all know much of the snack food is lacking in proper nutrition. The sugar, 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! In all cases, use as much low-salt or no-salt as possible in your elderly nutrition snacks, as well as reduced or no sugar. Also choose healthy oils. If you like easy cooking, we have some fabulous and very easy healthy snack recipes to make!

Snack List – to have on hand:

Easy to grab and munch! It’s always best to get natural foods, minimally processed, especially from the health food section or store. Here are some favorites:


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). These already-cut and bagged veggies are ideal to stock and grab. I have them around all the time.
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 greens make 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. And crispy. Delicious!
Mini baby carrots – The smallest mini-size carrots are quite thin and are the 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. Dad and I grow them in pots, and pick.
Celery sticks — High in vitamin C, good for blood pressure, cholesterol, and preventing cancer. We also like to add a little spreadable cheese.
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. Also great as a spread.
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. They’re also fun to toss in cereals, or even in rice or other cooked grains.
Natural juices — We get these in the natural food section. They contain natural sugars and are 100% natural fruit juice. Most other commercial juices add a lot of extra sugar and empty calories.

Raw nuts — (Some elderly, of course find nuts difficult to eat). 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 peanut butter, try almond butter or cashew butter (my favorite). Spread on whole grain crackers, or make a sandwich with whole grain bread. Nut butters are a great alternative if elderly have a hard time chewing nuts.
Natural pumpkin seeds — Again, for some, seeds can be difficult. 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 and contain no added sugar. 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. This is one of Dad’s favorite snacks, on a whole-grain cracker.
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. Salami, of course, does contain salt.
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. And serve 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 with just enough butter and salt to suit my taste. Also try parmesan cheese or a little freshly ground pepper. Or both!
Trail mix — low or no sugar types are ideal.
Brown rice cakes — Brown rice is much healthier than white rice because it is unprocessed and contains more nutrients.
Low-fat string cheese sticks — You can find these in low-fat, low-salt versiona.
Yoghurt — Plain, unsweetened, which you can then dress up with berries or natural jam, or a little natural granola on top. Greek yoghurt is also a favorite, and more natural.
Spreadable cheese — You can get natural cheeses in small tubs. Again, most types do have some salt. Great to put on vegetables!
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. Find them in the health food section or store.
Natural popsicles — Make them at home by pouring natural juice with no added sugar, into a popsicle form, add a stick, and freeze. You can also add in a piece of fruit.

Snack Nutrition

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. (But of course once in awhile one needs to splurge a bit).

Fruits — Fruit is a very powerful ally and 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).

Happy Snacking!

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This towering strawberry and fruit kabob is both a craft and a food project! Fun for your senior activities. Strawberries are a versatile fruit to use for any occasion, so you can decorate this kabob for lots of holidays and parties.

Nutrition — As we’ve discussed on previous pages, the strawberry is an excellent food for elderly nutrition due to its high content of vitamins, especially Vitamin C, anti-oxidants and fiber. So use it often, and for sure try this kabob. (Also take a look at our page on easy apple recipes for more fun ideas).

For many occasions and holidays — You can change out the fruit, colors, and candy (if you are using any) depending on what your occasion is. This kabob can be used as a centerpiece, door prize, gift, or dessert. I’m sure you can think of other uses too!

Towering Fruit Kabob

You will need:

  • Plate or shallow bowl
  • 1 doily for under the apple in the dish (optional)
  • 1 long wooden skewer
  • (Optional) 1 small doily for top of apple
  • 2 red apples. washed
  • Lemon juice in a bowl
  • 2 large strawberries
  • 2 large gum drops (or you can use other fruit instead)
  • 1 raspberry for topper
  • Festive candies to surround the kabob at the bottom (or other fruit pieces)

Start by poking a hole in the whole apple with a sharp instrument such as an ice pick, which you will stick the skewer into. The pointed tip of the skewer may be able to poke a hole, but only if the apple is soft enough.

It’s easier to get a straight hole and make it stand up straight, if you use something stronger than the stick. Whatever you use, make sure it is clean, as this fruit kabob will be eaten. Put the apple into its dish. It looks nice to have a doily under the apple.

Stick the skewer into the apple hole. Then begin stacking your fruits on the stick. I started out with a slice of apple, cut out of the second apple that you have. Immediately set the slice in the lemon juice for a minute, to prevent browning. Then put it on the stick.

I next put on a gumdrop, followed by a large strawberry, and so on. Try to keep the heaviest fruits at the bottom — the fruit kabob tower can get top heavy and start to lean. Top off the tip with your raspberry topper. Or a festive candy looks cute too.

Arrange candies in the dish around the apple, or other fruit. I was making Valentines Day desserts, so I used gumdrop hearts, and my colors were red and white.

Have fun making a fruit kabob, and be sure to try new ways to enhance it!

Be sure to also see:

Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries — Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries – the easy way! And fun decorating projects too! Makes great senior activities.
Creative, Easy Dipping Chocolate — A fun and yummy project you can eat! Great decorating ideas included. Perfect for elderly activities too.
Healthy Snack Recipes — Healthy snack recipes are becoming almost a rage these days. And we’ve got  super-delicious, super-easy, ones that to boost nutrition.

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by Tammy

This orange dessert is made with fresh slices of orange, plus sugar-free orange slice candies, arranged in a circular flower. Very easy to make and delicious to eat! I included a picture so you could get the idea better.

How to Make

5 to 6 slices of fresh orange
5 or 6 pieces of sugar-free jelly orange slices
Scoop of low-fat ice cream, or orange yogurt, or orange sorbet
Whipped cream
Sugar-free malted milk ball, or a truffle, for the center

(If you use ice cream for the center, you need to have the items all ready to assemble, in order to serve and eat it right away). On an attractive plate, place the ice cream, yogurt or sorbet in the center. Put the malted milk ball or truffle on top (or other candy that you’d want to use).

Then arrange the orange slices and the sliced candy around the center, like flower petals. You can add a squirt of whipped cream on the end of each orange. Or put a little piece of candy on the ends instead.

These are nice, healthy desserts to serve for friends or family, when you want something a little different. You can also serve it with Mimosas (champagne or sparkling juice, with orange juice added).

by Virginia

This is a really simple custard recipe from scratch. It is light and healthy, made with all-natural ingredients. And delicious. You can leave the brandy out if you want, and add another flavor instead.

2 cups of milk
3 Tablespoons of instant milk
4 Tablespoons of honey (I’m sure you could use sugar instead)
2 teaspoons of brandy (or rum)
…or substitute with 1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
1 Tablespoon coco powder
1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)
1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Add in the instant milk into the regular milk and beat it well with a beater. Then beat the eggs. Add them into the milk and mix them in with a wire whisk. Next put in the honey and brandy (or vanilla instead). Lastly, stir in the coco powder, coconut and chocolate chips.

I have custard cups that I use. Or you could use a glass baking dish. Make sure you oil either one before putting in the mixture. I use the custard cups, and I’ve always been taught that you place them in a pan, then put hot water in the pan so that it goes about half way up the outside of the custard cups. This helps with steaming. Then bake them at 325 F for around 45 to 50 minutes. Test a custard cup with a knife to see if it’s done. It will be clean when you pull it out. Almost everyone likes chocolate, and good, old-fashioned custard is a popular dessert with the elderly.

by Carol

This fresh blueberry pie is really scrumptious, and best when the blueberries are in season. And especially good when you pick the berries yourself!

You may already know that blueberries are considered to be a highly nutritious fruit. They are high in many vitamins like Vitamin A and K and C. They are also high in anti oxidants. So to put all that in a fresh pie, you can’t go wrong!

3/4 c. of sugar or sweetener of your choice
3 Tblsp. of corn starch
1/8 tsp. of salt
1/4 c. of water
4 cups of fresh blueberries
1 Tblsp. of butter
1 Tblsp. of lemon juice
Whipping cream (optional)

Combine the sugar, corn starch and salt in a sauce pan. Add the water and 2 cups of the blueberries – set the others aside. Cook it over medium heat, stirring constantly until it is thick and clear.

Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in butter and lemon juice. Then let the mixture cool.

Bake a prepared pie shell. Either use your own recipe or purchase a prepared shell in the frozen food section of grocery store. If you like a natural pie crust, I love the brand called “Wholly Wholesome” which is an all natural organic crust I get at the health food store.

In the baked and cooled pie shell, add in the remaining 2 cups of fresh blueberries. Pour the cooked, cooled blueberry mixture over top of fresh blueberries. Chill and serve with whipped cream. Or ice cream.

I have used this as a basic recipe for other types of berry pies as well. So depending on what berries are in season, you can change out what you put into the pie. So enjoy!

by Sue

I have a really good date nut bread recipe that’s been in our family for years. My elderly grandma used to make it. It’s sort of desserty too – you can add frosting to the top! (You can also add in lots of other kinds of dried fruits if you want, not just dates). We serve it at brunches a lot especially at family get togethers. This one is very healthy too. It’s made with honey but you could use other sweeteners. Since honey is a liquid, you could use another liquid like maple syrup. But if you use regular sugar I am not sure what the proportions would be. So here goes.

Beat these ingredients together very well –
4 eggs
1/2 cup of oil
1 cup of honey (or other sweetener)

Now add in these next ingredients and stir well –
1 cup of flour (using whole wheat pastry flour is good)
1 teaspoon of salt

Next stir in –
1 cup of chopped dates
1/2 cup of other chopped dried fruit (optional)
1 cup of ground walnuts or pecans

Grease a loaf pan, add in the mixture, and then bake at just 300 degrees (F), for about 2 hours. Check it to make sure a fork comes out clean. Cool it thoroughly before you serve it. You can also add a frosting of your choice if you want to dress it up! Sorry, I don’t have a picture, though!

This is a sweet bread, but it is also good with a little jam on it. I’ve also put the slices in a toaster oven in the morning for breakfast. I just set it on Bake at about 250 degrees, for about 10 minutes. It’s nice a warm, and a little toasted.