Senior citizens who have a loss of appetite need healthy snacks

Healthy snacks for senior citizens is a great way to create a balanced diet when they have a loss of appetite. When you’re creating a menu for elderly people it’s often better to have healthy food presented in several snacks rather than in major meals.

They may say they have ‘no appetite' but what they are really against is sitting down to a formal meal and be expected to ‘eat what’s good for them.’ Seniors can feel they are losing control of their life, they may not be able to identify why they don’t want to ‘sit down to meals’. The loss of appetite causes can be endless.

Knowing how to increase appetite can be challenging. Discovering what delicious foods the person enjoys is half the answer. How to present and when to present that food, is the other half of the answer. A healthy elderly person may not eat very much at all. They key is the keep them interested in healthy food. Quality, nutritious food over quantity, is the best thing to focus on especially if there is a loss of interest in food.

To create healthy meals for an elderly meal plan, try these strategies.

 

1. Find out what their favourite foods are

If the person isn’t interested in food they may not even want to discuss the subject. Ask family and friends or consult the reports a Carer may have kept, to see how if you can discover a selection of favourites. 

2. Examine these favourite foods and determine their nutritional value

This will show you where additional nutrients need to be added to create a healthy, balanced diet.

3. Try new ways of presenting the food.

Savoury muffins are a great way of including vegetables that may otherwise be rejected. 

Ingredients can include:
different cheeses (feta – low calorie – calcium, vitamins A, B6, K and E. folate, niacin, riboflavin however use in small amounts).
Cream cheese for example has less calories than butter, and contains…
• Calcium,
• Potassium,
• iron,
• manganese,
• zinc,
• selenium
Cottage cheese, ricotta and mozzarella cheese

Vegetables such as spinach, carrots, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, corn, pumpkin, sweet potato (kumera) beetroot (vitamins, minerals and fibre) cauliflower and loads more. You can use a vast array of vegetables and fruit to make your healthy muffins.

Eggs- Incredibly Nutritious containing high quality protein and contains …
• Vitamin A
• Vitamin B5
• Vitamin B12
• Vitamin B2
• Vitamin B6
• Vitamin D
• Vitamin E
• Vitamin K
• Folate
• Calcium
• Zinc
• Phosphorus
• Selenium

Cold Pressed olive oil (healthy fats)
• High in monounsaturated fat that can help lower cholesterol and control insulin levels.
• Vitamin E
• Vitamin K
• Iron
• Calcium
• Amino Acids 

Make your own version.
You can add, bacon, zucchini, corn, finely chopped cauliflower or broccoli, grated carrots, garlic, pumpkin and the list goes on. Muffins are a terrific way of hiding healthy foods in a tasty way.

Try these recipes

Cheddar Bacon Muffins

Cheesy Sundried Tomato Muffins

Bacon, Cheese and Mushroom Muffins

Cheese and Corn Muffins

Savoury Mustard Muffins with Smoked Salmon Cream

Cauliflower Breakfast Muffins

Cauliflower pizza muffins

Zucchini Savoury Mini Muffins

Carrot Banana Muffins 

Spiced Pumpkin Muffins 

Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins

 

Some people don’t like eating fruit. Fruit muffins are a great way of getting all the wonderful health benefits into their diet. For those who can’t eat dairy, there are also Dairy Free muffins. 

 

Blueberry Beetroot Muffins

Raspberry Rhubarb Muffins 

 No sugar banana blueberry muffins 

Best Dairy Free Blueberry Muffins 

Dairy-Free Fennel Muffins

Banana Muffins, Gluten Free

Tropical Fruit and Nut Muffins

Allergy-Friendly Vegan Apple Cinnamon & Raisin Muffins

 

 There are endless reasons why people have small or no appetite. As you get older your tastes change along with many other things. Malnutrition in the elderly is a very real thing. Food with little nutritional value, presented when the senior doesn’t feel like eating or has trouble feeding themselves (these circumstances are common in Nursing Homes) is a major for seniors’ malnutrition.

 

Being inventive with snacks, using foods that are favourites and including highly nutritional foods in a fun and yummy way, is a great way to prevent illness in the elderly.

Happy eating.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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