Senior nutrition

3 Recipes to Support Senior Nutrition That Don’t Require an Oven or Stove

It doesn’t matter if Mom was a Betty Crocker or Dad was the king of grilling…at some point, your loved one will find that preparing food is difficult.

When making meals becomes a challenge, the danger of poor senior nutrition increases.

After all, it’s far too easy for Mom to grab a less-than-nutritious pudding for breakfast…simply because she doesn’t feel like cooking.

If your loved one is tempted to make unhealthy food choices, keep on reading. In this article, we’re giving three recipes to support senior nutrition.

The best part?

While these recipes provide important nutrients, they don’t require an oven or stove—a huge plus for your loved one.

Senior Nutrition Recipe #1: Vitamin B-12 Banana Split

ChooseMyPlate.gov, a service of the USDA, indicates that nutrients such as “potassium, calcium, vitamin D, [and] vitamin B12” are important for older adults.

If your loved one needs a breakfast that provides both vitamin B-12, potassium, and other nutrients, check out this recipe.

It’s a healthy twist on a banana split, featuring cottage cheese and fruit preserves.

This dish provides much-needed potassium and vitamin B-12—thanks to cottage cheese. Another plus is protein. As Good Housekeeping notes,“½ cup of 1% [cottage cheese]…contains up to 18 grams of protein.”

Share this with Mom or Dad. It’s an easy way to kick off the morning while maintaining senior nutrition…no oven, frying pan, toaster, or blender needed.

Senior Nutrition Recipe #2: Antioxidant Spinach Strawberry Salad

We all know the importance of antioxidants for general health…but fighting free radicals with proper senior nutrition becomes all the more important as your loved one ages.

Empower your parent to support his or her health with this spinach strawberry salad recipe. This salad only requires 10 minutes of prep time, but it has a five-star rating for over 1,900 reviews!

According to Healthline, the spinach in this salad will provide…

  • Fiber.
  • Vitamin A.
  • Vitamin C.
  • Iron.
  • Lutein.
  • Quercetin.
  • And more!

And when it comes to strawberries, WebMD notes that these “are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity” and that they contain potassium as well.

Be sure to share this recipe with your mom or dad…and explain that it doesn’t require intensive preparation.

Senior Nutrition Recipe #3: Omega-3 Avocado and Tuna Salad

Recent research has indicated that avocados may be an important intervention for brain health. However, that’s not the only reason your loved one should eat avocados.

Avocados contain vitamin C to support Mom or Dad’s immune system as well as omega-3s.

And speaking of omega-3s, according to Seafood Health Facts, three ounces of white albacore canned tuna can provide a hefty 500 to 1,000 mg of omega-3s.

If you’re looking for nourishing meals for your loved one, check out this tasty recipe, which combines these two ingredients for a powerful nutritional punch.

Once again, there’s no oven or stove involved, and prep time is only 10 minutes.

When it comes to recipes like these…

At The Ashford, we make it easy for your loved one to throw together a quick no-cook, no-bake meal.

Our suites provide comfortable kitchenettes for your loved one’s convenience (some apartments even offer full kitchens).

However, when your parent decides it’s time to slow down on the activities of daily living, such as preparing food and cooking, we provide comprehensive dining options.

Ashford dining room

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