Creating a Weekly Meal Planner for Seniors

weekly meal plannerIt is not too difficult for healthy young adults to eat out on a regular basis, grab easy to go meals and make frequent trips to the grocery store. However, for older adults with vision impairments, poor health, budget issues or lack of transportation, a weekly meal planner combined with a grocery list can help them meet all of their dietary needs.

Dietary Considerations for Seniors

Despite what many people think, there is not a huge difference between the dietary needs for younger adults and older adults. But, seniors should make certain changes in their diets. For example, a high sodium intake, a high saturated fat level and increased calories can be replaced with more vitamin D, B vitamins and an increase in fiber intake.

As a person gets older, there is an increase in the development of certain health conditions. Alzheimer’s, strokes, heart attacks and falls are just some of the acute and chronic conditions seniors can suffer with. Fortunately, you or your loved one can significantly reduce the onset of these conditions simply by making positive changes in your diet.

The metabolism also slows down as you age. This is why it is important that the elderly decrease their daily caloric intake to prevent obesity and obesity related health conditions.

How to Create a Weekly Meal Planner

When a meal planner is created on a weekly basis, you and your loved one will know what he or she will be eating for each meal during an entire week. Meal planning helps to reduce stress and will ensure your loved one gets the nutrition he or she needs.

The first step to creating a meal planner for your aging loved one is to start with breakfast. Some breakfast choices are:

  • Oatmeal
  • Fruit
  • Eggs
  • Whole grain toast

It is important to incorporate foods that the senior will enjoy.

Lunch should be the next meal planned. Soups, sandwiches and salads are excellent healthy lunch options.

Dinner and snacks can be planned last. Lean proteins such as salmon, chicken breast and turkey can be included with a meal of fresh vegetables like broccoli, green beans and spinach. Be sure to include a healthy carbohydrate. Great choices are sweet potatoes and brown rice.

Fruit can be consumed during each meal to help curb hunger and prevent overeating. Low fat milk products can also be substituted for snacks.

A weekly meal planner for seniors is the most effective when it is combined with a grocery list that includes all of the foods needed during the week. The list and the meal plan can remain the same until you or your loved one wants to alter the meals.

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