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Preparing Meals for Aging Loved Ones

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Prepping a week’s worth of meals at one time may seem overwhelming, but in the long run it winds up saving a lot of time and helps to stay on top of nutritional goals. If you are an adult caring for an aging loved one, preparing their meals ahead of time can provide you with peace of mind knowing that your loved ones have access to healthy meals.

For seniors, sometimes there are declines in appetite and other times they just don’t have the energy to prepare their own meals and wind up skipping meals or just eating things that are not particularly healthy. Here are some tips for successful meal prepping ahead of time:

  • Develop a plan that incorporates your loved one’s food preferences. Knowing their food preferences will increase the chances of them eating what you prepare for them.
  • Introduce new recipes to add excitement and anticipation. Instead of having the same dishes five times per week each week, incorporate one or two new recipes that they may have not tried, while ensuring they do like the ingredients you will be using.
  • Make sure the food is not overcooked; especially if it is going to have to get warmed in a microwave, which will further cook it.
  • Eat with your loved one as much as possible, which can be a mood booster on top of making sure they are eating a nutritious meal.