There are many options for getting in the nutrients and vitamins you need to keep yourself and your elderly loved ones healthy. Smoothies can help with digestion, inflammation, anemia, and even anti-ageing! It's all in the ingredients!
Our eating habits change as we age, and we may not consume as much food as we once did. The reason for this is that our bodies slow down and do not require as much energy to complete the day's activities. Moreover, we may not have the same appetite as we did when we were younger. Having a balanced diet is still important, however, and there are some creative ways to make sure you get everything you need by eating less.
One of the best foods for seniors as they age is smoothies. Using the right ingredients, they are healthy and can help prevent diseases and memory loss. One such group that benefits greatly from smoothies is those at risk for dementia and dementia patients.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, brain-healthy foods increase blood flow to the brain, which reduces the risk of Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Brain-boosting foods: what are they?
You may be surprised to learn that dark-skinned fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, raspberries, cherries, kale, spinach, and beets contain high levels of antioxidants that are beneficial to brain health. For additional fibre and healthy fats, you can also add flaxseed, coconut oil, and chia seeds to your diet. Additionally, there have been rumours that coconut oil can prevent dementia and improve memory.
A smoothie is a nutritious food when it is made with nutritious ingredients, so it is an excellent addition to the diet of an elderly person, especially if their appetite is not as strong as it once was.
Check out these easy and delicious smoothie recipes that can be used to supplement your diet or mix with meal supplements, such as Ensure, to get all of the nutrients you need.
Banana Mango Smoothie
1 cup frozen mango 1 large banana 1 TB chia seeds (optional) 1/2 cup orange juice 1/2 cup almond milk (or regular or coconut milk) Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. (Makes 2 large smoothies)
Low Sugar Strawberry Smoothie
Less than 10 grams of sugar makes it particularly good for diabetics.
8 fl oz unsweetened soy milk 1 cup spinach 5 medium strawberries ¼ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt ⅓ cup cooked oats (cooled) 1 tbsp chia seeds 1 stevia packet Combine all of the ingredients in a Nutribullet cup or straight into a blender. Pour the unsweetened soy milk into the fill line. Blend together until smooth and consistent.
Supercharged Kale-Avocado Smoothie
To make this heart-healthy smoothie, you will need:
1 cup coconut water
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp matcha powder
1 cup fresh kale, stemmed
1 cup fresh spinach
¼ ripe avocado
2 pitted dates
1 cup ice
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve chilled. Enjoy!
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