Not all seniors like to chew, making it hard for them to eat and get the nutrients they need. 24-hour home care may have to find ways to get seniors the minerals they need without a senior hurting their jaws. Some seniors may not like food because the taste is not strong enough, and the good news is, there are ways to create really strong-tasting protein shakes. 24-hour home care can add in extra ingredients that help create a yummy flavor and fill with tons of vitamins and minerals.
Seniors need more protein than younger adults because they lose muscle easily. To maintain whatever muscle mass they have, they should consume protein. Some seniors may not like eating meat or fish, which means it is up to leafy greens and other ways of getting protein. Low sugar protein powder may be one of the best ways to get a senior the daily protein they need to maintain healthy body weight and muscles.
If you are a 24-hour home care assistant and need some ideas for protein shakes, here is a good place to start. This may be something fun you can experiment with for your loved one.
Protein Shake Recipes to Try
Not all protein powder tastes good alone. Some seniors may prefer mixing it with water or milk but others may not want this at all. 24-hour home care can prepare vegetables or fruits to blend up with protein powder.
On a summer day when it is really hot out a senior can add some ice in the protein powder. They can blend this up with a little bit of water to make a nice slush or smoothie texture. It is a good way to cool down and also get protein in a seniors diet.
Cauliflower Protein Shakes
One of the best things a senior can have in their freezer is frozen cauliflower or frozen cauliflower rice. They can add this into the blender really quickly and it will create a really nice consistency for the shake. Frozen cauliflower creates a consistency like a banana would but it is less sugar.
Zucchini Protein Shakes
This is another low sugar replacement for seniors who are watching their sugar intake. 24-hour home care can make this taste delicious when they mix it with vanilla protein powder. Zucchini strips or noodles can be frozen, or fresh ones can be cubed up and frozen.
Add Frozen Fruit
Fruits like bananas, peaches, or berries make a great flavor for protein powder. Berries can even be good with chocolate protein powder. They can add in some milk and frozen ice cubes or even frozen milk cubes to get a creamy consistency.
24-Hour home care can use these simple recipes to create the best breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for the senior. If the senior will be alone for a few hours, caregivers can cube up fruits and vegetables to stick in the freezer. Then the senior just needs to take it out and drop it all in the blender.