Seniors can often find it difficult to eat healthy. Recipes can be found in on line or at stores such as Borders. A cook book with simple recipes would be a great gift for seniors that still likes to cook for themselves and family. Here are some simple ideas that could help someone maintain that healthy lifestyle.
Soups and salads are a good combination for a meal. The main ingredient in soup can be any type of meat, fish, or poultry or a vegetable base. They also help in keeping with the three to five servings of vegetables needed every day. Vegetable bases include broccoli, peas, beans, squash, pumpkin, parsnips, tomatoes, carrots, cabbage and leeks to name a few. With most of them you can combine onion, garlic, sea salt, pepper, water, 1% milk, or vegetable stock and other spices, to taste to create a nourishing, flavorful meal. For salads, you can stick to the standard lettuce, tomato, cucumber salad or you can be adventurous and create something new. One with avocado and grapefruit would be very refreshing with a bowl of tomato bisque. A crab salad could pair well with a soup that contains carrots. A simple Greek salad would go well with a heavier soup that has beans, peas, squash, etc.
Let’s not forget dessert! You can use fresh fruit, combine it with other ingredients like granola and low fat dairy products and have a wonderful, light desert to top off your meal. If the fruit needs a sweetener, use one like Stevia. It’s low in calories and tastes a lot like sugar. A mango sorbet would be great on a warm summer day. Rhubarb Fool is tasty in the spring when rhubarb is fresh. A summer pudding will add the finishing touch to any meal.
Seniors are very special people. If you know of someone who can’t cook for themselves go ahead and make some soup and dessert and take it to them. They’ll not only enjoy a home cooked meal they’ll like the company.