Smart Nutrition For Elderly–What Should Be In Their Meal
Oldsters love everybody in the family. They take care of everyone. Your grandfather always has the best of advice for you. Your grandmother always has time for you. You can go and see them anytime. They will remind you to have your meals on time, but when it comes to taking care of themselves, your grandparents are quite bad at it, aren’t they?
In old age, appetite suppresses and energy decreases. They don’t eat much because of suppressed appetite. Sometimes they even skip their meals. Because of that, many older people can’t lead a very active lifestyle. The fact is, a large number of older people are under nutrition.
Don’t you think maybe you should start showing an extra level of care for your grandparents? This blog attempts to underline some of the essential foods that should be included in the everyday meals of your grandfather or grandmother. These food choices will keep them healthy and active.
Egg – Egg is a rich source of energy and protein. Make sure that at least one egg is there on the plate of your grandparents every day. Egg can be taken scrambled, hard boiled, or sandwiched, or in salad. The choice is yours. But, remember, one egg daily.
Dairy – Milk, yogurt, butter, cheese, etc. are some of the most eaten dairy foods. The reason why they are the most eaten is their nutrition value. Milk is the best source of dietary calcium, vitamin D, and saturated fat.
In addition, milk is rich in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, and zinc. Ideally, the elderly should have three to four glasses of milk every day. However, too much of butter and cheese should be avoided. Low-fat and low-cal replacements can be taken instead of butter and cheese.
Whole-grain Cereal – Whole-grain cereal is a powerhouse of nutrients and is easy to digest, too. It also helps in regulating blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol level.
Studies suggest that the fiber content in whole-grain cereal reduces the chances of inflammation, constipation, and diarrhea; helps fight old-age pain; and beefs up the functions of immune system. Ensure that your grandparents are having a wholesome portion of whole-grain cereal through their daily meal.
Nuts – Cashew nut, hazelnut, pistachio, raisin, almond, and peanut are some of the healthiest nuts and dry fruits. They are rich in oil, to be specific, saturated oils, that does not add to body fat and cholesterol.
The energy bars made from nuts and natural sweetening agents could be a great option. They will keep your grandparents away from heart diseases, apart from strengthening their bones and joints.
Beans – Beans contain a bagful of nutrients. They are packed with carbohydrates, fiber, folate, iron, and protein. There are a variety of beans, all having different nutritional value. Some of the healthiest beans you should ensure your grandparents are taking on a routine basis are – kidney beans, black beans, lima beans, among others.
Fruits and Vegetables – Colorful fruits and vegetables provide pure, heavy supply of fresh nutrients. Raw is great, but some vegetables need to be half-cooked before eating. Plenty of fruits and vegetables should be included in your grandparents’ diet every day.
Tips for Smart Nutrition for Grandparents
Now that you know what should be there on your grandparents’ meal plate, it’s time for a few quick tips to ascertain smart nutrition for them –
• Have breakfast with them. If it is not possible, make sure they are having their breakfast on time and are not skipping it.
• Fiber-rich foods do away several intestine-related problems such as constipation. Make sure that your grandfather and grandmother are having an adequate dose of fiber every day.
• Drink plenty of water. Water is very important in old age. It helps digest the food and supports the functions of the digestive system.
• Ask them to avoid too much salt, sugar, and fat.
Ideal calorie count for your above-fifty grandfather and grandmother should be 2000 to 2800 and 1600 to 2400 calories, respectively. Below the standard level, they might experience weakness and many other health complications.
Hope this article motivates you to ensure smart nutrition for your grandfather and grandmother! Need to share an idea? Or want to add something to this post, leave it in the “Comments” section.
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