There’s a reason why so many people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! A tasty and nutritious breakfast can lift your spirits, wake you up, and help you start the day on the right foot.
For seniors, a filling and nourishing breakfast can provide some much-needed energy and the chance to ease into the day, their way — and all while providing some significant health benefits, to boot! Indeed, for older adults with unique dietary restrictions, breakfast can be a “cornerstone” meal, helping them stay on target and meet their nutritional goals for the day.
Of course, we also know that not everyone loves to break out the pots and pans first thing in the morning. Many people try to rush through breakfast, or skip it altogether. For that reason, it’s important to make breakfast as quick and easy to prepare as possible — without sacrificing on taste or nutrition.
Looking for a little breakfast inspiration? Here are five quick and healthy breakfast ideas for seniors and caregivers to keep in mind:
1.) Whole Wheat Toast With Fixings
Toast is a classic breakfast item for a good reason! It’s inexpensive to have on hand, quick to prepare, and easy to eat for people aged 3 to 103.
There are also all sorts of ways to adapt toast to make it your own. Avocado toast is a healthy breakfast option that is nutrient-dense and soft to eat. You can also liven up your toast with peanut butter, almond butter, or another sweet and healthy spread — especially if you supplement this invigorating breakfast with some fresh fruit, such as bananas or blueberries. To keep things fresh, you can also rotate toast with some other nutritious starch options — including whole grain waffles, english muffins, or tortillas.
2.) Yogurt, Fruit, and Granola
While many sweetened yogurts are full of sugar and artificial preservatives, plain yogurt is an incredibly healthy way to start the day. Yogurt is often packed with protein, and is a good source of calcium, B vitamins, and other nutrients. Some yogurts come fortified with vitamin D, and certain types of probiotic yogurts can help aid digestion. There are also all sorts of ways to dress up yogurt to make it tastier — and even healthier! This soft and easy-to-eat blank canvas can be livened up with citrus fruits loaded with vitamin C; antioxidant-rich berries; protein-packed nuts and seeds; or fiber-rich oats and granola.
3.) Eggs, Served Your Way
People who are limiting their fat intake or watching their cholesterol may wish to avoid eggs. For others, however, this breakfast staple comes with some unique health benefits. Eggs are rich in good proteins, and are a notable source of B vitamins, selenium, and important minerals. Even better, eggs are soft, wholesome, and easy to eat, and can be prepared in any number of different styles. For a quick and ready to eat breakfast, keep hard boiled eggs in the fridge. You could also poach a soft egg and serve it with your wheat toast, or scramble eggs with just a bit of olive oil and a ton of healthy veggies for a more hearty morning meal.
4.) Oatmeal or Porridge
Who knew oatmeal came loaded with health benefits? Oats are a balanced source of carbohydrates and fiber, healthy fats, protein, and tons of important vitamins. Studies have shown that they can help manage cholesterol levels, improve blood sugar control, and help with weight management. Ditch the added sugar by sweetening up your morning oatmeal with fresh berries, apples, or nut butter.
5.) Smoothies and Fresh Juices
When you don’t feel like eating breakfast, try drinking it! Smoothies and fresh-pressed juices offer many of the health benefits of feasting on fresh fruits, veggies, and grains in a convenient and easy-to-consume package. You’d be surprised by how versatile, healthy, and tasty your options are — from tart green juices loaded with nutritious spinach and kale, to sweet and creamy blends packed with protein and vitamins.
Making Breakfast Easier for Seniors and Caregivers
Ready to make breakfast a priority? To stop skipping this important meal, it may help to…
- Meal prep and make ahead. The less chopping, blending, and boiling the senior has to do first thing in the morning, the more likely they’ll be to actually eat. Prepare meal kits or do prep work ahead of time, so assembling a healthy breakfast takes no time or effort at all.
- Write down a menu. Who doesn’t get a pep in their step when they know they’ve got a delicious meal coming their way? Take time to menu plan and prepare a shopping list to set expectations for the week ahead.
- Start the day with proper hydration. Proper hydration is essential to your overall health. So, in addition to a nourishing meal, start the day with a big glass of water.
- Make mealtimes more social. Studies have shown that older adults who eat with family or companions enjoy the food more, and tend to make healthier choices overall.
- Get into a routine. Breakfast is all about setting the day into motion — and it’s a lot easier when you get into a routine. Work with your loved one to set a breakfast ritual that will work for their lifestyle and health goals, whether that means eating an egg while reading the paper, or sitting down for oatmeal after walking the dog first thing in the morning.
From Food to Friendship, We’re Here to Talk All Things Senior Care
Interested in talking over more healthy and nourishing meal ideas for your senior loved one? Ready to help bring more life and activity back to a senior’s kitchen? We’re here for you.
Companions for Seniors can help give older adults the practical and social support they need – while giving family caregivers the respite they deserve.
At Companions for Seniors, our mission is to help the elderly maintain their independence and provide a higher quality of life. To do this, we make food and mealtimes a cornerstone of the care we provide. A companion can help step in and provide for your senior loved one in many different ways – from sharing meals, to assisting with grocery shopping and other errands, to providing cooking and food prep services.
Our companions don’t look at cooking and shopping for our clients as a chore, but a privilege. We recognize that making grocery lists, planning menus, and sharing a meal all present an amazing chance to connect with seniors, and help truly enrich their lives.
When our caregivers cook and share meals with their clients, they talk about their days, share stories, and, most importantly, forge a meaningful bond. We often hear that these shared meals become highlights for not only our clients, but for our caregivers as well.
Our professionally trained and bonded companions offer flexible hours and personalized care plans, designed to help meet the needs of each of our senior clients and their families. If you have a loved one that could use assistance with meal prep, or simply a companion to help them make the most of their time at home, we’d love to help out.
Want to learn more or get in touch? Don’t hesitate to reach out through our convenient online portal, or give us a call at (866) 910-9020 to get the conversation started!