We all know the drill when it comes to healthy meals: choose plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. But when you’re hungry between meals, it can be tempting to grab the quick and easy processed snacks, especially when they’re more convenient for your senior lifestyle. But it’s still important to make healthy choices between meals.
Snacks can be an important part of your diet, especially if you have blood sugar issues that require regular snacks to keep your energy balanced. It’s especially important for seniors to choose healthy alternatives that help them stay active. Here are quick and easy options that are healthy, too.
Nuts. If allergies aren’t a problem, nuts are a healthy source of fats and protein that can help you feel full between meals. The trick is to measure your portions carefully since many nuts can add calories quickly.
Nut butters. If dental issues make chewing fresh nuts difficult, nut butters are a great solution, because nut butters also help you feel full and provide protein. Be sure to choose options that have little to no added sugar, salt, or other types of oils.
Smoothies. Smoothies are a great snack because you can pile them full of healthy fruits, nuts, and even greens. Most smoothie recipes are milk-based (including some non-dairy options), and you can supplement the protein content with a protein powder. Because they’re blended, they’re a great choice for just about everyone.
Hard-boiled eggs. Eggs are a great snack, especially when they’re hard-boiled. They essentially come in their own container – all you have to do is keep them refrigerated, then you can peel and eat one throughout the day. Eggs give you lots of healthy protein, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fat. Because they do have a little cholesterol, check with your doctor to see how often you should eat them.
Yogurt and berries. Another delicious option is Greek yogurt with berries on top. Greek yogurt is high in protein, and the berries provide plenty of antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients.
Always ask your doctor for advice on healthy meals and snacks – because medications and allergies can sometimes affect your dietary choices.
When it’s time for you to consider transitioning to a senior living apartment, contact us at Ashbridge Manor Senior Living. Our senior living specialists will help you choose the senior apartment floorplan that’s right for your lifestyle, and we also provide a comprehensive menu of amenities, like continental breakfast and three-course dinner, that will help you live a fun, active lifestyle. We’re located at 971 E. Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown, PA. To reach us, call 610.269.8800 or contact us online for more information. Ask us about our move-in special! Ashbridge Manor is a safe, COVID-free senior living community.