Worried that your loved one isn’t getting enough nutrition? Maybe grocery shopping and meal prepping is becoming exceedingly difficult. Whatever the reason, eating healthy meals is just as important, so we have compiled a list of meal ideas below! Before we get into that, we have a few tips that might make cooking easier:
- Write down a plan. Set aside time before a week starts to plan out what your loved one will eat for each meal. This cuts down the number of trips to the grocery store and makes it less overwhelming for your loved one since they know what’s scheduled.
- Make it a group project! Include your loved one and a couple others in a food prepping session so they can feel more invested in their nutrition.
- Choose versatile ingredients for the week so you do not have to start each meal from scratch. For example, try to incorporate a grain for multiple meals and cook enough for the week.
- A hard boiled egg accompanied with fresh fruit and a slice of whole wheat toast.
- Nut butter on whole wheat toast with a side of fresh fruit (Check nut allergies!)
- Yogurt parfait with nuts and fruit for a combination of healthy fat, Vitamin C, and carbohydrates.
- Eggs and red potatoes - Sauteed potatoes, pouring scrambled eggs over it, and seasoning it with fresh herbs and spices. Try using less salt, which can lead to water retention and high blood pressure.
- Salmon wrap - In a whole grain wrap, place salmon, chopped avocado, tomatoes, greens, and plain yogurt. Wrap tightly, cut in half, and serve!
- Southwest omelet - Beat two eggs and place in a hot skillet with a little olive oil, add cheese chunks and natural salsa. When the eggs are firm, fold them and serve with sliced avocado.
- Baked salmon - Top with tomatoes, sweet onion, basil, chopped garlic, and olive oil. Wrap the fish in aluminum foil and bake it in the oven at 300 degrees for 15 minutes or until the fish is flaky but moist.
- Shrimp and pasta - Boil shrimp and pasta separately. Toss together and season with fresh herbs. Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese over to taste.
- Beans and rice - Heat up a can of beans of choice (black, pinto, or white.) Serve with brown rice or another grain. Season to taste.
In between meals, make sure your loved one is hydrated. To avoid an upset stomach and frequent trips to the bathroom, encourage them to take small sips of room temperature or warm water throughout the day.