What Foods Should Seniors Eat for Breakfast:

Older adults may have a difficult time consuming adequate nutrition due to high cost of healthy foods or decreased absorption efficiency. Therefore, seniors are at an increased risk for malnutrition, which can decrease their quality of life. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, up to 60 percent of home-care elderly patients are malnourished or at risk for becoming malnourished. Inexpensive, soft, easy-to-prepare breakfast foods are ideal for seniors.

EGGS:

Eggs make an excellent breakfast food for seniors. Older adults require more protein to ward off muscle loss that commonly occurs as you age. Seniors need 1.0 to 1.3 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight each day, according to an article the journal Nutrients published in August 2015. That along with twice weakly resistance exercises helps seniors retain lean mass.

Eggs are rich in protein, easy to prepare and economical, making for an excellent breakfast food for older adults. If you’re worried about cholesterol, the Department of Health and Human Services updated it’s cholesterol guidelines after finding that the dietary cholesterol the average American eats does not raise blood cholesterol levels. Moderation is still key but it’s no longer necessary to restrict cholesterol intake. This means seniors can enjoy whole eggs instead of just egg whites.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is an excellent breakfast food for seniors because it is fairly inexpensive, easy to chew, easy to prepare, nutrient dense and high in fiber. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse reports that low-fiber diets are a main cause of constipation in older adults. The Institute of Medicine encourages adult men ages 50 and older to consume at least 30 grams of fiber and women ages 50 and older to consume at least 21 grams of fiber each day. One packet of regular instant oatmeal provides about 4 grams of fiber.

Soft Fresh Fruits

Fresh fruits are excellent sources of dietary fiber and vitamins for seniors. Soft fresh fruits that are easy to chew and swallow include blueberries, bananas, plums, fresh peaches and kiwi fruit. Sprinkle sliced soft fruits on top of regular oatmeal or breakfast cereal prepared with low-fat milk or soy milk.

Smoothies

High-protein smoothies make a quick breakfast for seniors, don’t require chewing and are easy to prepare using a blender. Ingredients commonly used in breakfast protein smoothies include low-fat milk or soy milk, low-fat yogurt or soy yogurt, soft fruits and peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter.

 

Here are great easy recipes for you to make for your clients or even your family/friend.

 

Banana Split Oatmeal

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄3 cup oatmeal, quick-cooking (dry)
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
  • 3⁄4 cups water (very hot)
  • 1⁄2 banana (sliced)
  • 1⁄2 cup frozen yogurt, non-fat

Preparation:

  1. In a microwave safe cereal bowl, mix together the oatmeal and salt. Stir in water.
  2. Microwave on high power for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave on high power for another minute. Stir again.
  3. Microwave an additional 30-60 seconds on high power until the cereal reaches the desired thickness. Stir again.
  4. Top with banana slices and frozen yogurt.

 

Blackberry-Cinnamon Smoothie

1 1/2 cups frozen blackberries
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamonCombine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

 

Banana-Peanut Butter Smoothie

1 ripe banana
1 cup low-fat milk
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup iceCombine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

 

Sources: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/foods-should-seniors-eat-breakfast-3252.html