There are so many symptoms associated with aging, it boggles the mind. Unfortunately, one of them can be the loss of teeth. Granted, there are numerous options available for those who lose some or all of their teeth; but some people like to stick with softer foods, the older they get. Fortunately, there are lots of soft foods for the elderly that help guarantee and encourage proper nutrition.
The following are easy to chew for people without teeth but also nutrient-dense.
A healthy source of protein and fiber, beans become completely soft if you cook them long enough. Beans are included in a plethora of recipes that are available online. Think baked beans, black bean soup, refried beans, and more just for simple starters.
It can be difficult to chew meats that were prepared over high heat. Better options for those who have difficulty chewing include beef stew and/or pulled pork that has been slowly cooked.
Oatmeal isn’t for everyone, but for those who like it, it’s perfect because it’s easy to chew and one of the healthiest breakfast items you can imagine. If you can, add soft fresh fruits or honey instead of brown or white sugar by the teaspoonful.
For people who prefer soft foods, easy to eat and nutritious, puréed soups are ideal. Minestrone, tomato basil, and potato leek are only a few of the hundreds of soups from which to choose.
A great source of protein and calcium is yogurt, as long as you’re not lactose intolerant. Additionally, to promote healthy gut bacteria, it contains probiotics. Rather than fat-free, choose whole milk yogurt. There are too many artificial ingredients and sugar in fat-free, ordinarily.
If you opt for fish, the flakier the better. It’s easier to chew. Instead of tuna, mahi-mahi, or swordfish, think orange roughy, salmon, or cod. To get plenty of protein and omega 3s in your diet, enjoy a weekly serving of fish. For a healthier option than fried fish, consider grilled or baked.
There is no chewing required and it’s a great way to boost your diet when you make a smoothie. Consider blending the following together:
- Milk (dairy-free if necessary)
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Frozen or fresh fruits
- Additional supplements (think Akai powder, flax meal, chia seeds, etc.)
- For a super boost, consider adding spinach – you won’t even know it’s there
Steamed Vegetables (Well Cooked)
When we say well cooked, we mean to cook them until they are nicely soft. For those without teeth, raw or undercooked vegetables can be extremely challenging, after all. Rather than boiling them, you’re steaming them to help retain the natural nutrients in vegetables. When you boil vegetables, the cooking water ends up with most of the vitamins that were originally contained within. You need them far more than that water!
To provide additional fiber, leave the skins on when you prepare mashed potatoes. Instead of heavy cream, use milk. Cut back on the butter. A relatively healthy side dish is provided by mashed potatoes.
Full of healthy fats and one of the most complete protein sources available, eggs are perfect. Soft scrambled eggs are easy to chew and easy to make. Before scrambling, add a spoonful of light sour cream or cottage cheese for an added flavor boost.
Hidden Meadows On The Ridge Offers Nutritious Meals with Dietary Restrictions in Mind
In Hidden Meadows On The Ridge, our Sensations Dining program not only offers three nutritious and delicious, chef-prepared meals per day, but we can also take into consideration any dietary restrictions – that includes soft foods if it’s what you need or prefer. In a fine dining atmosphere, our caring team serves up meals to rival any five-star restaurant. Our meals include a diverse range of international cuisines and menu choices and are made with, whenever possible, the freshest ingredients.