Who doesn’t love a good snack? When we start to feel peckish or hungry, a good snack can go a long way in satiating that hunger. However, it becomes increasingly important that we watch our diet and nutrition as we age. After all, healthy aging requires that we get the right nutrition and dietary requirements in our daily food consumption. This is especially important for those who are aging, as we start to experience a decrease in appetite and health. If you are looking for healthy snacks that your elderly loved one can enjoy, look no further! Here are some of the best options for healthy snacks that everyone to enjoy.
Fresh fruits are a great way of ensuring that your elderly loved one gets the nutrition they need as they snack. A sweet and refreshing option, fruits like bananas, mango, apples, watermelon, dragonfruit, papaya, and many others are a great soft-foods option for those that face difficulty chewing.
For a more delectable presentation, you can also put these fruits on a platter and serve a crowd. An excellent option for a healthy snack, fruits are full of vitamins and minerals, ensuring that your loved one obtains a boost to their overall nutrition.
Freshly cut vegetables are colorful and stimulating to the senses, enticing appetite. Whether you choose to cut up cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, or grape tomatoes, they make a crunchy and fun snack.
To take these pre-cut veggies to the next level, you can prepare healthy dips to pair the veggies. A savory spinach dip can make an awesome snack – simply replace your tortilla chips with veggie sticks! Homemade guacamole, salsas, hummus (of all types), and even a simple peanut butter spread can make a delightful pair for pre-cut veggies.
For those that enjoy moving around or having a healthy snack on the go, having a cup of yogurt can be a better option than snacking on cheese fries or a greasy fast-food burger. Filled with calcium, yogurt is a great way of helping your elderly loved one to have a healthy snack. They are easy to swallow and can be paired with a range of other healthy snacks! Top off your yogurt with some nuts or your favorite granola. This adds a layer of texture and variety to a plain cup of yogurt. For those with diabetes, having a low-card Greek yogurt alternative is also a fantastic way of having a healthy snack.
Baked Sweet Potato Chips
A fancy alternative to regular potato chips, baked sweet potato chips are a superior option for those seeking to cut down on high fat and sodium content. These chips are easy to prepare and a healthier alternative. Simply cut a sweet potato into strips, brush them lightly with some oil and sea salt, and bake them! You can also air-fry these chips.
Here at TerraBella Southport, we understand the importance of good nutrition. This is why we have both healthy food recommendations and healthy snack recommendations for you. With Sensations Dining, you can expect the freshest ingredients and mouthwatering meals, alongside a range of healthy snacks that we provide for our residents to enjoy.