Category Archives: Senior Meal Plans

Meals for the Elderly

Here is a topic that we begin to think about in our 50’s or 60’s. Our parents are getting older, they often aren’t eating right, and we’re justifiably concerned. Perhaps we’ve lost a parent, and the other is adjusting to living alone and doesn’t cook. Whatever the circumstances,  it’s important for elderly people to eat well. Proper nutrition helps them stay alert, keeps their bones healthy, gives them energy and helps keep their immune system strong.

Here are ten great ideas for helping to keep your elderly parents eating right.

  1.  Go through cooking magazines or cookbooks with them. What pictures or descriptions make them pay attention? Make a list of the kinds of meals they’re interested in, and either bring in the ingredients with some recipes, or make the meals and freeze them for your parent.
  2. Get them on a senior meal program at MagicKitchen.com.
  3. Sometimes a dimming of vision makes the meals they have look “blah”. Try adding pops of color with red bell peppers, carrots or snow peas.
  4. If they have a restricted diet, that may confuse them and make them feel they don’t know what to eat. MagicKitchen.com’s MK Special Menu contains meals for restricted diets and the meals are well-liked and easy to serve.
  5. Try to eat with your lone parent as often as possible. Eating alone is no fun, and preparing and cleaning up for one seems to have no point. You know the feeling, if your spouse and children go away for a few days, how often do you cook a whole meal for yourself?
  6. Changing taste buds caused by medication or age can make foods taste bland. Try spicing the meals up- not with hot chiles, as likely your parent won’t like that, but with some fresh herbs or spices. Mint goes well with many foods, and can give a burst of freshness to a meal.
  7. If they love milkshakes, make them a delicious smoothie, and put in some healthy  additions like a little protein powder, banana, yogurt, raw honey, flax seeds, chia seeds (grind them up in the coffee grinder first),  or berries.
  8. Small portions with high nutrition. Older people don’t need high calories anymore, and don’t have large appetites. Give them small portions made with healthy ingredients.
  9. Small, frequent snacks. Keep such things as cheese, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, whole grain crackers, olives and lean lunch meats.
  10. Wine can be an appetite stimulant, a glass of wine before a meal may help get those taste buds fired up.


I hope these tips and the video have helped give you a few ideas on how to help out with meals for the elderly!

Melody

MagicKitchen.com blogger

 

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Three Ways Delivery Meals Can Help Your Elderly Family Members

Here’s a fact of life- as you get old, your appetite shrinks, and so does your wish to cook nutritious meals.  That’s usually a combination of less energy, less appetite and  the fact that they are cooking for one or two now. But it can become a downward spiral, as lower nutrition leads to lower energy, and so on.

Here are three ways MagicKitchen.com delivery meals can help your elderly family members:

  1. All they need to do is order the meals that sound yummy to them, and then store them in the freezer, ready to be eaten!
  2. The meals are made by hand in small quantities without preservatives, so it’s just like home-cooked, and full of nutrition.
  3. We have meal plans – let us pick the meals based on your  Elderly Family Members’ likes and needs.

It’s so easy!

 

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Senior Meal Plans

That is such a great video. This senior lady should be a comedienne, her timing is great. And it segues neatly into my topic for the day, senior meal plans. My neighbor was a senior who just didn’t want to make meals anymore. She didn’t like cooking, she hated doing the dishes, and she wasn’t all that interested in food at all. She was losing weight.  Her son started bringing her meals. and she picked up weight. She has since passed away, but it made me realize what a problem this is across the country.

There are a lot of meal delivery services, meals on wheels among the first people think of. But if you have a relative or friend who needs good meals, I can seriously recommend MagicKitchen.com’s senior meal plans. The staff does a pretty amazing job of personalizing each meal plan. They talk to the person who will be receiving the meals, and first they send out an order with a variety of meals to see if the person will like it.

Then, if the senior like the meals, the senior meal plan goes into effect. Our staff keeps a file on what the person likes, doesn’t like, and can’t eat. They enter a new order of food every week or two, based on the person’s preferences. We get lots of people who call and say,” I wasn’t crazy about that particular dish, don’t send that again”, or, “I could eat that chicken pot pie every day, send one with each order!”.

What happens, you might ask, if the senior goes on a holiday or maybe has been out to dinner a few times and needs the meals put on hold for a week or more? No problem. They call in and that’s it.

Another great part of this senior meal plan system is there’s no sign-up, no minimum orders, nothing like that. Greg says, “It is the most flexible meal delivery program available, and we just don’t believe in signing customers up with contracts.  Our food is good enough to keep you coming back without having you sign a long term contract!”

So that’s it, that’s the run-down on our meal plans. I wanted to blog about it because I think it’s unique in the meal delivery universe. And I’m proud of that. Way to go, us!

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger

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