A common challenge that often seems to creep up on seniors is being able to safely prepare nutritious meals for themselves as they age. Taking the time to evaluate and prepare, and even asking for help can make senior meal prep much easier. We have some tips and tricks to help you make this happen!

Sitting down and writing out a menu for the week is helpful in figuring out what you have on hand, and what you may need to pick up at the store. Enlist the support of a friend or neighbor if the task seems daunting. This gives you some company along with the assistance. Another tip is to make a menu around versatile ingredients that can be used to make many different meals.

Easy Senior Meal Prep Foods:

  • berries are healthy, easy foods for seniors to snack on.Fresh berries, which are good as a snack, a side or in a bowl of cereal or oatmeal.
  • Eggs are a great source of protein and can be made many ways! Enjoy deviled eggs, boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, or just a simple sunny side up on a piece of toast.
  • Peanut butter is another great source of protein. It works wonderfully as dip for fresh veggies such as celery, or a spread topping on top of a bagel or toast.
  • Pre-packaged meals are convenient for when you don’t feel like cooking, and there are many  healthier options today than in the past.
  • Most grocery stores now offer pre-sliced fruits and vegetables for a quick snack without the work, such as sliced apples, watermelon, carrots, peppers and diced onions and tomatoes as well.
  • High protein options for when you just aren’t feeling like a full meal. Ensure can help ease a troubled stomach, but keep you nourished and hydrated as well.
  • Be sure consistent water intake is part of the daily diet to prevent dehydration for elderly seniors as well.

Know When Help is Needed for Preparing Meals

Recognizing when yourself or a loved one is no longer able to prepare food safely is essential for preventing injury. Diminished strength, shaky hands and dubious knife skills set in.  Memory issues that result in an oven being left on for extended periods of time. To avoid this danger extra assistance may be needed in the home. While Meals on Wheels is a wonderful resource, many operations are on hold due to lack of volunteers or funds. You or a loved one may consider in-home care services for assistance as an option.

Are you or a loved one looking for help at home? My Choice Home Care is a senior home care service company that serves clients in Macon, Jackson, and Haywood Counties in North Carolina. Counties served in Georgia are Rabun, Towns, and Habersham. Counties served in Upstate South Carolina are Oconee, Pickens, and Anderson. Email us or call (828) 200-9000 to speak to someone today if you or a loved one would like to enjoy the benefits of living independently in your own home. We offer a free Senior Care Options guide to help you navigate Medicare, Medicaid and other programs for seniors.