Healthy Summer Meal Ideas For Seniors


Summer is the best time of year for seniors to start a healthy diet because there is so much delicious fresh food everywhere. But, some of it can be a little difficult for seniors to cook. Seniors should have in-home care aides to make cooking healthy meals easier.

Seniors who have in-home care can enjoy the best seasonal foods in tasty meals that will make healthy eating fun. A home care provider can share meals with your mom or dad to encourage them to eat healthy summer fruits and vegetables.

Some great healthy summer meal ideas for seniors are:

Oatmeal with Fresh Berries and Nuts

In-Home Care Hunterdon NJ - Healthy Summer Meal Ideas For Seniors

In-Home Care Hunterdon NJ – Healthy Summer Meal Ideas For Seniors

Oatmeal is a healthy grain, and when it’s mixed with protein-rich milk and some fresh berries it’s the perfect breakfast. To make this dish more summer-friendly soak the oats in milk overnight in the fridge so they are cold and delicious in the morning. Then top with berries. This makes a great dessert too.

Cold Cucumber Soup

A great way to use up cucumbers before they go bad is to turn them into a chilled delicious soup. It’s also super easy to make. Just blend some peeled cucumbers with Greek yogurt, dill, lemon, and salt and pepper. When it’s pureed refrigerate until serving. That’s all there is to it. Cucumbers are naturally hydrating and filled with water. And Greek yogurt has a whopping 10 or more grams of healthy protein.

Grilled Chicken Salad

An easy healthy summer salad is a blend of mixed salad greens tossed with cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar topped with some shredded or sliced grilled chicken. This dish has it all when it comes to healthy meals because it has lean protein, healthy fat, and plenty of veggies.

Pasta Salad

Another summer classic that seniors will love is pasta salad. Just cook their favorite noodles and let them chill in the fridge. Add in some vegetables. Then, mix with a creamy dressing like ranch dressing and parmesan cheese.

Quinoa and Vegetable Stir-Fry

Quinoa is a healthy grain that has both protein and complex carbohydrates. It has a rich nutty taste that is a nice change from the standard pasta or rice. It’s also very easy to make a delicious fast stir-fry using quinoa, bell peppers, zucchini, snap peas, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger.

After boiling the quinoa until it’s soft put the quinoa in a wok or skillet with the stir-fried veggies and toss everything in a little low-sodium soy sauce.

Egg and Veggie Scramble

Any time of the day is a great time for scrambled eggs, and scrambled eggs are easy for seniors to eat even if they have dentures or tooth loss. Scramble some eggs in a skillet with spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, and cheese. Top with fresh herbs or with salsa.

Greek Yogurt with Fruit and Honey

A sweet but healthy cool summer treat is Greek yogurt mixed with fresh strawberries or raspberries and a little honey for sweetness. It’s cool, delicious, and healthier than ice cream.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional In-Home Care Services in Hunterdon NJ, please talk to the caring staff at Generations Home Health Care today.

Providing Home Care in Somerset, Essex, Union, Morris, and Hunterdon Counties. Call us today at (908) 290-0691 or (973) 241-4534.

Susan Myer, RN, BSN, CCRN, CDP