As your parents and older family members age, they can’t eat as independently as they once did. Their hands may be a little less steady, making simple tasks such as holding a fork or spoon difficult.
Despite several food alternatives for seniors with limited mobility, did you know that there are nutritious, easy-to-make food options allowing your parents to eat without utensils? Today’s article will show you six quick and easy finger food ideas for your older family members.
Eating Without Utensils: Quick & Easy Finger Food Ideas For Your Parents
Chicken tenders are easy to make and likely take little time for preparation, especially if you are in a rush but still want to offer healthy meals for your parents.
Crispy chicken tenders can be served with various dipping sauces, such as ranch, ketchup, mustard, or BBQ sauce. As opposed to deep frying, air-frying, grilling, or baking tenders are all good ways to limit bad cholesterol consumption in your older family members.
Hummus & Veggies
The creamy, flavorful chickpea-based dip has soared in popularity in recent years. There are endless ways to use hummus. You can spread it on a sandwich, pizza, burger, or tortillas or toss it in pasta sauce or salad, but serving the dip with sliced vegetables is probably the fastest way to enjoy the freshness, crunchiness, and yumminess all at the same time. Many vegetable options go perfectly with hummus, such as carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, bell peppers, and celery.
The nutrient, fiber-packed chickpeas have more benefits than you thought, such as regulating blood sugar, supporting digestion, lowering cancer risks, and strengthening bones.
Roasting chickpeas are easy-peasy! It starts with canned or fresh chickpeas, olive oil, and salt. After rinsing and gently patting them dry with a paper towel:
- Spread them evenly on the baking sheet and coat them with a drizzle of olive oil.
- Transfer the baking tray to the preheated oven and roast until they are golden brown.
- Remove them from the oven and sprinkle the chickpeas with your favorite spices, such as salt, pepper, or hot pepper flakes for extra flavor.
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Fruit Salsa with Baked Tortilla Chips
Are you looking for a twist to combine salty and sweet in one dish for your parents? Try fruit salsa with baked tortilla chips.
Start chopping your parents’ favorite fruits into small chunks and mixing them in a large bowl. Next, cut tortilla wraps into small triangles and bake for 8-10 minutes to crisp them up. Finally, stir the fruit salsa to ensure the fruit mixes with the juices before serving.
Asian Fresh Spring Rolls
A tasty classic in many Asian countries, fresh spring rolls are a great idea if you want to make a refreshing and healthy change to your beloved family members’ palate. Even better, it will only take you 30 minutes to tackle this recipe.
The fillings can vary, such as noodles, thin-sliced vegetables, shredded chicken or beef, shrimp, and so on—according to your parents’ likings. First, lightly soak rice paper, lay it flat, and spread your favorite ingredients evenly. Next, fold two sides inward and tightly roll the rice paper. Spring rolls can be dipped in hoisin sauce or sweet and sour fish sauce. Check out the detailed instructions here.
Another easy-to-make finger food ideas are bite-sized sandwiches or burgers. You can make typical sandwiches for this recipe and cut them into smaller pieces.
Like Asian spring rolls, you can tuck almost everything into the sandwiches but remember to source beneficial, healthy foods for your parents. For the bread part, opt for multigrain bread, and don’t forget to add lettuce for extra fiber.
Diversify Your Seniors’ Food Palate At 12 Oaks Communities
Our top priority in 12 Oaks managed senior living communities is to satisfy every resident with appetizing and well-curated meals prepared and served by our skillful, dedicated kitchen staff. Our delicious and nutritious meals allow your seniors and older family members to independently enjoy good foods in the same way everyone else does.
If you have questions about finger food ideas or any conditions discussed here, connect with us to learn more.
At 12 Oaks, our team of caring professionals is dedicated to keeping residents safe, engaged, and connected to their families and friends while still leading fulfilling lives. There’s no better place to enjoy the encore season of life than at a 12 Oaks community.
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