- Substitute fresh fruits with fruit juices, canned fruits or apple sauces. If you have difficulty chewing, try creamed or well-cooked vegetables or vegetable juices.
- Use ground meat, casseroles, egg yolk, yogurt, soups and puddings for your protein supplement.
- Make meal time easy by trying frozen meals or already prepared meals from your local grocery store. Just watch the sodium levels of frozen meals and find meals with under 700mg of sodium.
- Make meal time a social occasion and join friends for lunch at the local senior citizen center.
Keeping the Right Calories.
As we age, the number of calories we need daily decreases. When you are 60, you no longer need to consume the same number of calories as you did when you were 30, but you do need the same amount or more of vitamins and minerals.
- Choose dishes that include vegetables, fruits &/or whole grains, like fortified cereal with fruits for breakfast.
- Select fruit for dessert or smoothies made with fruit & low fat yogurt.
- Select soups that are broth or tomato based, with lot of vegetables & beans like minestrone soup.
The McKinney Senior Health Clinic is open Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Make an appointment today by calling 214-544-2828. Do you need a physician referral? Use our online Find a Physician service or call our Physician Referral Line at 1-855-296-6265.