Have you heard of the phrase “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? As the saying suggests, it breaks the overnight fast. And the proper breakfast can provide your body with sufficient glucose and other vital nutrients for good health and alertness for the day. But did you know that breakfast is especially important for those in their golden years? After all, they have a higher risk of developing health conditions or have ongoing chronic issues they have to manage carefully. Thus, here are some nutritional and delicious breakfast ideas for mature adults.
One of the most simple but nutritious breakfast menu items has to be oatmeal. Not only will a bowl of oatmeal provide you with plenty of fiber, but it is also incredibly versatile and delicious. And did you know that fiber can help to prevent constipation and other bowel issues that older adults may develop?
In particular, you can try mixing fresh fruit like blueberries into your breakfast oatmeal. This will add flavor and give you beneficial antioxidants and other useful nutrients. However, be careful not to add sugar to the oatmeal as it defeats the purpose of being healthy. In addition, aim to use low-fat milk instead of whole milk when preparing it. Remember, sugar and a high amount of fat will make the oatmeal less healthy.
Whole Wheat Bread
Instead of going for white bread, try to eat whole wheat bread for breakfast instead. This is because it is more nutritious and healthier for you. Not only does whole wheat bread contain high levels of fiber, but it also contains other important nutrients like calcium and magnesium. In particular, more calcium means you can enjoy stronger bones, and more magnesium means you can have increased muscle strength.
Here are some suggestions to make your whole wheat bread taste better (and yet remain healthy). Add low-fat peanut butter to your whole wheat bread for protein (which can give you energy). Wheat bagels and English muffins are also some great whole wheat bread alternatives.
Did you know that one of the most common and versatile ingredients, eggs, are actually egg-tremely (extremely) nutritious? Specifically, boiled eggs are full of protein which helps to boost your energy levels. In addition, they are also rich in vitamin D, which supports calcium absorption. This is important for mature adults who have osteoporosis or low bone density.
How can you make eggs part of your breakfast other than boiling them? You can prepare it in many ways, like scrambling or making an omelet with red peppers and various other vegetables. However, be careful not to cook the eggs in butter or serve it with meats that are high in saturated fats, like pork or beef sausage. In addition, always go for low-fat options for the rest of the ingredients that you choose to cook the egg with (for instance, a low-fat cheese).