How to Create Weekly Meals for Seniors

weekly meals for seniorsYoung adults do not seem to have a problem frequenting fast food restaurants and indulging on less than healthy food. It is also easy for them to go to the grocery store whenever they want to without problems. However, as adults age, physical impairments such as difficulty with mobility and poor eyesight may make it more difficult for them to pursue their culinary favorites. The good news is that by preparing a schedule of weekly meals for seniors, you can ensure that their dietary needs are met.

Do Nutritional Needs Change As People Age?

Although your nutritional needs will not differ much as someone who is in their 30s, it is important that seniors reduce the amount of sodium and unhealthy (saturated) fat in their diet, while the amount of fiber and calcium increases. As people get older, there is also an increase chance of the development of dementia, heart disease and other illnesses. Preparing nutrient dense weekly meals for seniors will reduce the chance that these illnesses develop or progress further. Metabolism also slows down as a senior ages. Reducing the amount of calories consumed daily will prevent the senior from becoming overweight.

How to Create a Menu of Weekly Meals for Seniors Menu

When you create a weekly menu for a senior, you will not have to worry about what he or she will eat during the week. You will also be reassured that he or she is eating food that is compliant with any dietary restrictions he or she may have.

You can begin by planning the breakfast meals for the week. Some healthy and delicious meal choices are:

  • Oatmeal
  • Eggs
  • Whole grain toast
  • Fruit

The lunches can then be planned, and can include options such as:

  • Grilled chicken salads
  • Soup
  • Turkey sandwiches
  • Baked potatoes

A healthy dinner menu can be planned around:

  • Salmon
  • Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Brown rice

Snacks are also important to eat during the day. The senior can choose to eat a piece of fruit, a cup of yogurt or a handful of nuts or seeds between meals. Also make sure there are plenty of healthy beverage choices on the menu such as skim milk, water, and low calorie flavored beverages.

Planning weekly meals for seniors helps reassure family members that their elderly loved one is getting nutritional needs met.   A planned menu ensures the senior gets a variety of delicious and healthy foods. The menu plan should also reflect the senior’s lifestyle.

Take the worry out of grocery shopping and meal preparation so you can enjoy life more. Contact us today and learn how our professional caregivers can assist you in the kitchen and maybe even introduce you to delicious cuisine you have never tried before.