When it comes to meal planning, smoothies can be a secret weapon of sorts for a caregiver of an older adult. Not only can they be served throughout the day, they’re an excellent way to hide important nutrition so you can ensure your older adult is getting the health benefits they need from their food—and keep their immune system strong.
We asked a registered dietitian to pull together some delicious and healthy smoothie recipes that provide plenty of flavor as well as nutritional value. All of the recipes below can be used as breakfast smoothies, snacks, meal replacements or just a sweet treat.
Full of protein, fiber and healthy fats, this cinnamon roll smoothie is perfect for caregivers looking for senior meal ideas that are a little better-for-you! With banana, peanut butter, sunflower seeds and even dates, this sweet smoothie is a cinnamon treat for your older adult.
With mango, pineapple and banana, this fruity smoothie delivers fresh flavor with plenty of nutrition—including vitamin A, potassium and vitamin C. The Greek yogurt provides protein and healthy fat, and also balances the carbohydrates from the fruit—which is especially important to reduce those blood sugar spikes.
In addition to blueberries, pineapple and banana, this smoothie also includes veggies like red cabbage, which delivers vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate and anthocyanin (an important antioxidant). Puree your way to purple power!
A glass full of vitamins and nutrients! This green smoothie brings together the perfect mix of natural sweeteners and nutrient-rich ingredients, including flaxseed, spinach, zucchini and avocado. Try it for breakfast, lunch or just a healthy snack!
With all five food groups in one place, this delicious smoothie offers flavor, vitamins, protein—really everything you need in a meal for an older adult! Try customizing it with unsweetened almond milk or soy milk – or switching out peanut butter for almond butter – to accommodate your loved one’s preferences.