Easy Breakfast Recipes For Seniors
Written by Joy de Guzman
There are many factors that can make it hard for some seniors to eat well. Medication side effects may cause loss of appetite, or there may be changes in taste buds that make food uninteresting. In other cases a senior who was used to cooking large meals that fed everyone, may not want to cook for just one or two people. In fact, she may just not have the energy to do so anymore. Elderly adults have a different set of nutritional requirements, in needing less calories but needing more calcium, B vitamins, and others.
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The following four recipes are not only full of nutrients specific to seniors, but they are fairly easy too. Many of the ingredients can be readily found in any grocery store. Eating healthy doesn't have to mean eating bland foods; just look at that Yogurt Parfait!
Banana Split Oatmeal
- 1/3 C quick-cooking oatmeal (dry)
- 1/2 sliced banana
- 1/8 t salt (optional; watch your salt intake)
- 1/2 C non-fat frozen yogurt
- 3/4 C very hot water
- Inside of a bowl that is microwave safe, mix together salt and oatmeal. Stir in the water.
- On high power, microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Repeat on high 1 more minute. Stir.
- Microwave for an additional 30 to 60 seconds on high until cereal thickens, stir.
- Place banana slices and frozen yogurt on top.
- 3 C plain Greek yogurt, fat free.
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 4 t honey
- 28 clementine segments
- 1/4 C unsalted, shelled, dry roasted, chopped pistachios
- Mix yogurt and vanilla in a bowl. Transfer 1/3 C of the yogurt mixture into 4 small parfait glasses. Top this with 1/2 t honey, 5 clementine wedges, and ½ t nuts.
- Top this with the rest of the yogurt mixture, evenly distributing it to each glass. Top with another 1/2 t honey, 2 clementine wedges, and 1/2 t nuts. Must be served immediately.
Healthy Breakfast Frittata
- 1/2 minced medium onion
- 4 chopped medium garlic clothes
- 1/4 pound ground turkey or lamb
- 1 T & 2 T chicken broth
- 3 C finely chopped kale, rinsed.
- 5 beaten eggs
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chop garlic and mince onion. Let these sit for 5 minutes.
- Preheat broiler to low.
- Heat the 1 T of broth in a stainless steel skillet 9 to 10 inches. Sauté onions on medium heat for 3 minutes, stir often.
- Add garlic and meat. Cook for 3 minutes breaking up the clumps.
- Add kale and the rest of the broth. Reduce heat to low and cook for another 5 minutes. Season with the salt and pepper.
- Pour beaten eggs on top of mixture. Cook on low for 2 minutes but do not stir.
- Put skillet on the middle rack under the broiler about 7 inches from the heat. In 2 to 3 minutes the eggs should be firm and cooked thoroughly.
Crustless Spinach Pie
- 2 T butter
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 C flour
- 1/2 C 1% milk
- 2 cloves garlic, minced OR 1/2 t garlic powder
- 1/2 t baking powder
- 4 oz. mozzarella
- 2 C fresh chopped spinach
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Melt margarine or butter in an 8 inch baking pan.
- Beat the eggs well, add the flour, milk, garlic, and baking powder. Pour this into the baking pan. Stir in the cheese and spinach.
- Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until firm and cheese is slightly golden brown.
Older individuals are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition, and providing them with adequate nutrition may encounter many practical problems. Having home care assistance in Toronto is a great way to ensure that a senior has a variety of foods in their fridge to eat. A home care companion can assist with everything from meal planning, to grocery shopping, cooking, serving, and clean up.