My grandparents love for food is amazing. They were always looking for new restaurants to try with the family and they loved going out to lunch together. Once grandpa was released from the hospital, he was put on a restrictive diet no fried foods, no fast food, no sugar, and more vegetables! His doctor recommended Karen Seymour with Home Health CC as his dietary specialist.
At Home Health CC we understand it can be difficult for seniors, to eat well- from aging taste buds to lack of energy or illness or injury prevent them from the interest of cooking, altogether. On top of all that, older adults have different nutrient requirements to keep their aging bones and organs healthy.
So, our dietitian, Karen Seymour, put together a list of healthy nutrient-rich recipes for seniors that have fallen ill or have been injured. This blog includes lunch meals with only a handful of ingredients.
Try one of the recipes and post a picture of you and grandpa enjoying a healthy and delicious meal together!
- Quinoa salad. Sauté pre-chopped stir-fry vegetables (onion, red pepper, mushrooms). Combine with pine nuts or pecans and cooked quinoa. Toss with Italian salad dressing. Eat fresh, warm or cold; keeps well refrigerated. The USDA recommends steaming or sautéing vegetables in olive oil instead of boiling, which drains the nutrients.
- Eggs and red potatoes. Melt a pat of butter in a skillet; chop up potatoes and add to skillet, over a medium heat. Cover skillet for 2 min. Then, pour scrambled eggs over potatoes, add pepper and toss until eggs are hot. Rather than a season with salt, which can lead to water retention and high blood pressure, use fresh herbs and spices.
- Cottage fries. Slice parboiled red potatoes. Heat extra virgin olive oil in a skillet and cook the potatoes at a medium heat. Top with leftover vegetables and grated sharp cheddar cheese. Cover, let steam and serve.
- Southwest omelet. Beat 2 eggs. Put 1 Tbs. olive oil in a skillet. Pour in the egg mixture; add pepper jack cheese chunks and natural salsa or chili sauce. When eggs are firm, fold and serve with sliced avocado. Tip: Chili and spices help boost diminished taste buds.
- Salmon wrap. Place canned Alaskan boneless skinless salmon on a whole grain wrap. Add chopped avocado, tomatoes, greens and plain yogurt. Wrap tightly, cut in half and serve.
Do you have a healthy lunch recipe to share, that is a personal favorite? We’d love to see your recipes in the comments below.