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Quick & Easy Recipes to Help Seniors to Get the Nutrition They Need

In an effort to provide helpful senior home safety tips that can be used in daily life, we recently wrote about how seniors with limited mobility can access groceries and healthy food. Many older adults struggle to get the nutrition they need and to eat healthy meals on a regular basis because of how much effort it takes.

So today, we are sharing three of our favorite recipes that are quick, easy, healthy, and delicious – for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With minimal prep work, these tasty meals are perfect for getting the essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients a senior’s body needs to thrive. Whether you’re a senior looking to maintain your own health and independence or have a senior parent that you’re concerned about, try one of these recipes for a meal this week!

Breakfast – Banana Nut Oatmeal

Regardless of what age you are, breakfast will always be the most important meal of the day! What you eat first thing in the morning sets the tone of how you will eat for the rest of the day.

Oatmeal is a great option for breakfast because it fills you up and gives you energy. Toss in some bananas and walnuts for potassium and protein, and you’re morning is already off to a great start!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup rolled oats (instant oats are fine for an easier recipe)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • 2 tbsp. chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions

  • Cook the oats and water as directed on the package
  • Add banana slices, walnuts, and cinnamon
  • Mix together and enjoy

Lunch – Leafy Green Salad with Tuna

Lunch is an ideal time to sneak a few delicious vegetables into your day. Here’s a fresh salad recipe that combines the health benefits of dark leafy greens with the omega-3s of tuna. It’s also a great way to get fish in your diet without the hassle of cooking it.

Hard-boiled eggs add a little extra protein to this salad, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing contains far less fat than ranch or blue cheese. This recipe makes four servings, so it’s great for sharing with friends and loved ones that you invite over for lunch.

Ingredients

  • 1 8-ounce bag of pre-washed salad mix
  • Approximately 20 pitted Kalamata olives
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, cut into slices
  • 2 5-ounce cans of tuna, drained
  • ½ cup balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing

Directions

  • Divide all ingredients evenly onto four plates
  • Drizzle dressing over each salad
  • Share with others and enjoy

Dinner – Beef and Veggie Crock Pot Stew

Crock pots are very useful for seniors to have in their kitchens because they can be filled with healthy ingredients and set aside to cook on their own throughout the day. Just make sure to follow basic senior home safety tips to ensure that the crock pot is used safely and monitored during use.

It’s easy to make soups and stews in crock pots, and these meals are often easy to chew for seniors that have trouble with their teeth. Unlike many crock pot recipes that require extensive chopping of vegetables, this one makes it easy on seniors with just five ingredients. It makes about five servings, so you can allow leftovers to cool and stow them away in the fridge to heat up again later in the week.

Ingredients

  • 2 16-ounce packages of frozen stew vegetables (look for mixes with carrots, celery, potatoes, etc.)
  • 5 lbs. beef stew meat, cubed
  • 1 can condensed low-sodium tomato soup
  • 1 can cream of low-sodium mushroom soup
  • 1 package of dry onion soup mix

Directions

  • Add frozen vegetables into the slow cooker
  • Add stew meat on top of vegetables
  • Combine soups and soup mix in a bowl, then pour over meat
  • Place the cover on the crock pot and cook on low for about 6 hours
  • Allow stew to cool and enjoy