Often it can be difficult for elderly people to chew and swallow their food and if this is the case, smoothies and juices can be the answer in terms of ensuring that your elderly parent gets the right level of vitamins and other nutrients in their diet. Certain smoothies and juices can be very helpful with specific ailments.
The following are some easy and healthy smoothie recipes for the elderly. If you have a favorite smoothie recipe to share, please let us know.
Banana Mango Smoothie
1 cup frozen mango
1 large banana
1 TB chia seeds (optional)
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup almond milk (or regular or coconut milk)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
(Makes 2 large smoothies)
Carrot Apple Smoothie
This is a delicious smoothie thatís
reminiscent of a carrot and apple cake combined.
5 g ginger
1 medium carrot, sliced
1 medium apple, cored and sliced
1 T lemon juice
Ĺ tsp cinnamon
ľ tsp allspice
ľ tsp nutmeg
Water to fill line. Add all ingredients to your large nutribullet cup, saving water for last. Once you have filled the cup with water to the fill line, puree ingredients to desired consistency. You can omit adding nutmeg and allspice if you donít have it in your pantry.
Low Sugar Strawberry Smoothie
With less than 10 grams of sugar makes it particularly good for diabetics.
8 fl oz unsweetened soy milk
1 cup spinach
5 medium strawberries
ľ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
⅓ cup cooked oats (cooled)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 stevia packet
Combine all of the ingredients into the Nutribullet cup. Pour in the unsweetened soy milk to the max fill line. Blend together until smooth and consistent.
Additional Healthy Smoothie Ideas:
Anti-ageing: juice grapes, blackcurrants and apple for make a delicious drink packed full of vitamin E and C, which are the most efficient vitamins for fighting against free radical damage, which cause ageing
Prevent colds: by juicing carrots, garlic and parsley. The anti-oxidant and anti-viral properties of the garlic help to ward off colds
Digestion: try juicing pineapple, plain yoghurt and a little water for a smoothie which will restore good bacteria in the gut. Particularly good after a bout of diarrhoea
Urinary infections: juice cranberries and watermelon for a fabous pink juice drink, which will help with urinary infections
Prostrate problems: melons are gently diuretic and contain magnesium and potassium, which help to balance the hormonal system. Juice the melon with an apple and broccoli, the latter of which contains anti-cancer nutrients
Joint pain: this can be alleviated by juicing leeks,which have great anti-inflammatory properties with carrots and parsley
Anti-inflammatory: Leeks have great cleansing and anti-inflammatory properties. Juice the leeks with apples and ginger, which will stimulate the circulation and can ease joint pain
Heart and circulation:
Juice blackcurrants with spinach, which is packed full of
potassium,which helps to control blood pressure
Constipation: juice tomatoes, spinach and carrots, which are all high in fibre and will help to relax the bowels.
You can also whip up these nutritious and delicious shakes using Ensure Protein Powders.
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