Serving as a caregiver for an older adult often means adjusting to new routines and schedules, as well as juggling multiple appointments, responsibilities and challenges. But that means consistent meals are often unrealistic—which can lead to fast food runs, potato chips and other unhealthy, ultra-processed junk food choices that contain a lot of additives and preservatives.
The good news is that healthy snack ideas are within reach—snacks that deliver vitamins and nutrients, serve as a source of protein and help your loved one feel satisfied.
We asked our registered dietitian to create some recipes for simple snack ideas that make your caregiving routine a little easier. You no longer need to feel limited to just dried fruit or trail mix—these delicious healthy foods will elevate your senior’s snack game!
So sweet without all the sugar! Using the natural sweetness of bananas, these moist muffins are easy to make, and using only one bowl means cleanup is a breeze!
With healthy nuts, fruit and oats, this granola delivers plenty of fiber, protein, healthy fats and antioxidants. This recipe is also an easy one for older adults and caregivers to make together. Serve with fresh berries for added health benefits!
Fresh fruit is always a great healthy snack choice, and this salad pairs the sweet tang of grapefruit with rich avocado to make a great snack (or even a side dish) for summer. Plus, grapefruit is a fantastic source of vitamin C.
Grab-and-go snacks that are actually healthy are hard to find but so valuable. These easy pinwheels are not only convenient but also packed with nutrition from spinach, avocado and Greek yogurt.
Usually made with chickpeas, this hummus is instead made with white beans, delivering a boost of calcium! As a soft food, hummus is not only packed with nutrition but also perfect for seniors with chewing issues. Perfect with your favorite veggies or pita bread!
The perfect low-carbohydrate substitute, these cauliflower poppers are packed with that classic buffalo flavor while fitting in well with a low-carb diet.
Made in only minutes, this yogurt parfait can be customized to your senior’s needs—like using Greek yogurt for more protein, dairy-free yogurt for lactose-intolerant seniors, fortified yogurt for more vitamin D, etc.