Are you looking to spruce up your summer at-home menu?
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring, and it doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming, either. Healthy meals for seniors can be exciting and full of flavour – and, best of all, they can be quick and simple.
This week, we’re taking a look at the 5 top healthy meals for seniors to help you improve your summer menu:
Vegetable Stir Fry
Why not try a vegetable stir fry like this one? A vegetable stir fry is a quick and easy dish, full of flavour, colour and nutrients.
A vegetable stir fry is simple to prepare and easy to cook; a light, fragrant dish that’s ready in minutes, and you can swap the vegetables each week to keep it interesting.
Vegetables are essential in healthy meals for seniors as they contain vitamins and minerals and all the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy, such as fibre, folic acid and potassium. These all work to help reduce cholesterol, improve blood pressure and heart health, reduce the risk of serious disease and illness, and help maintain a healthy weight.
Cooking up a vegetable stir fry is a great way of reaping the benefits of plenty of different vegetables in one dish – and as they’re so versatile, you can easily adjust the recipe to suit your personal preferences, for example by adding chopped chicken.
Healthy Meals for Seniors: Try a Delicious Tofu Curry
There are lots of delicious, healthy recipes using tofu, such as this delicious tofu curry. It’s easy to prepare and tastes delicious – perfect for a light, summer meal.
It can be beneficial for your body to have a couple of meat-free days per week. On these days, tofu can be an excellent substitute, as it can help aid weight loss, as well as reduce your risk of a number of serious health conditions, as it contains protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals.
As tofu can be quite tender, it’s perfect in this curry recipe since it adds texture. Why not try adding extra chillies to add a little more zing to your summer menu?
Rustle Up a Salmon Salad
We recommend adding this vibrant salmon salad to your summer menu. Fish is an excellent source of protein and Omega-3, so it’s perfect for helping to keep your brain healthy. Salmon is a firm favourite of ours; it’s quick, easy, versatile and delicious.
Salmon contains antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory, so it can help to improve your overall health. You can enjoy it at any time of the day, making it a staple fridge ingredient.
Salmon salad is a delicious, light meal to have on a summers’ day; you could even go al fresco and dine in the garden on a warm evening. Why not try adding roasted new potatoes or wholegrain rice to your salad, for a more filling, healthy dinner?
Try Chocolate Chia Pudding for a Healthy Dessert
Healthy eating doesn’t have to mean that you give up delicious desserts. If you like something sweet after a meal, you’re certainly not alone! Rather than heading for the chocolate cupboard, why not satisfy your sweet tooth with a healthier option?
Frozen yoghurt is great for the summer – or you might prefer a bold and bright fruit salad. However, if you need something more indulgent to satisfy your cravings, we recommend this delicious chocolate chia pudding.
Chia seeds are the vital thickening agent that gives the dessert its mousse-like consistency and are full of antioxidants and fibre. They also help to promote heart and bone health, making them an excellent addition to your dessert.
Summer Smoothies are Great For Breakfast
Smoothies are a delicious way to wake up and kickstart your 5-a-day and to help you improve your overall health.
You can use almost any fruits and vegetables in any combination you like. For example, you could try carrot, mango, ginger and coconut water for a sweet, fiery smoothie full of vitamins and antioxidants.
Alternatively, you could try this avocado and strawberry smoothie for a calcium-rich, light summer beverage that’s bursting with goodness.
Avocados are low in saturated fat and don’t contain any cholesterol or sodium. They’re rich in vitamins and minerals too, and are an excellent source of fibre.
Have you been inspired by our top 5 healthy meals for seniors? Then why not try reading our previous blog on staying healthy during your retirement?
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