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9 Hearty And Healthy Dinner Recipes Your Senior Parents Will Love

Are you concerned with your elderly parent’s nutrition? Take a look at these healthy dinner recipes that keep our community satisfied every day.

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    Every Sunday, Jane looks forward to spending a couple of hours with her mother and enjoying her healthy dinner recipes. Normally, her mother handles all the cooking on her own and Jane is her biggest guest. Yet, Jane decides to be responsible for picking up groceries and also running any other errands today.

    Jane returns from the grocery shop and goes straight to the refrigerator to put the groceries away. She’s taken aback…

    What could cause Jane to be concerned? Is it because there’s little juice and few eggs left in the fridge? Or, is it because all the expired or about-to-expire foods that her mother tries to put in the hidden corners of the fridge so Jane can’t figure it out? Or, both?

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    Why Are Your Seniors Experiencing Poor Nutrition?

    One in five senior citizens experiences poor nutrition every day. As Jane’s mother has aged, small changes to her taste buds, oral health, and mobility become factors in changing her diet. However, she has never been aware of these and only focused on feeding Jane.

    Another reason could be side effects from daily medication. Your elderly relatives might experience dry mouth, nausea, or digestive problems. They might feel like the medication is vital, but the food isn’t, and they will choose to skip meals to alleviate side effects.


    9 Bucket List Dinner Recipes You Need to Try

    As we begin to age, we develop apathy towards food or struggle with chewing and textures. Our team has curated a nutritious list of easy dinner recipes to make mealtime enjoyable for family members in their golden years.


    Vegetable Beef Soup 

    Meat stew with beef, potato, carrot, onion, spices, green peas | 9 Hearty And Healthy Dinner Recipes Your Senior Parents Will Love

    Eating as many vegetables as possible in a daily diet will increase your vitamin C intake and lower inflammation. Instead of trying to prepare different vegetables, find your parent’s favorite and put them into a soup! With this recipe, you can make it several different ways, each as nutritious as the last!


    Ham & Broccoli Casserole 

    A broccoli casserole with ham, egg and feta | 9 Hearty And Healthy Dinner Recipes Your Senior Parents Will Love

    Anything creamy feels hearty instead of healthy, but with the added benefits of broccoli, you’ll be eager to make this healthy dinner recipe! Broccoli is linked to fighting many diseases, including cancer.


    Stuffed Peppers

    Stuffed peppers with meat, kidney beans and corn | 9 Hearty And Healthy Dinner Recipes Your Senior Parents Will Love

    This dish is delicious and colorful! Many people undervalue the colorful nutrition found in peppers. Still, they are full of antioxidants and remain a low-calorie option.


    Olive Oil & Garlic Pasta

    Spaghetti with homemade pesto sauce pouring olive oil and basil leaves | 9 Hearty And Healthy Dinner Recipes Your Senior Parents Will Love

    When you don’t know what to make for dinner, consider this healthy recipe. Garlic has several health benefits, including reducing blood pressure.


    Mushroom Risotto

    Risotto with mushrooms, fresh herbs and parmesan cheese | 9 Hearty And Healthy Dinner Recipes Your Senior Parents Will Love

    A comforting, healthy dinner recipe, spending the time to make this risotto is worth it!. Mushrooms have anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties, plus they are an excellent source of fiber.


    Turkey Meatloaf

    Tasty homemade ground baked turkey meatloaf on wooden table | 9 Hearty And Healthy Dinner Recipes Your Senior Parents Will Love

    Make this comforting recipe for dinner, and bring up nostalgic memories with every bite. Choosing to make your meatloaf with leaner meat like turkey instead of beef also means you’re digesting less saturated fats.


    Oven-Baked Salmon

    Salmon roasted in an oven with a butter, parsley and garlic. Portion of cooked fish and fresh lemon on a white plate on the wooden table | 9 Hearty And Healthy Dinner Recipes Your Senior Parents Will Love

    There are several ways to prepare salmon, but simply baking it in the oven is our favorite. Salmon has been proven to lower blood pressure and contains astaxanthin. This will help your parent’s skin maintain its elasticity.


    A Hearty Chilli

    Stuffed peppers with meat, kidney beans and corn | 9 Hearty And Healthy Dinner Recipes Your Senior Parents Will Love

    We always suggest a pot of chili to pack in protein without skimping on flavor. This plentiful meal is easy to prepare and freeze for later.


    Get Creative With Zoodles

    Zucchini Pasta in Pesto sauce with Sun dried Tomato | 9 Hearty And Healthy Dinner Recipes Your Senior Parents Will Love

    If you are still trying to figure out how to sneak more vegetables into your aging parent’s healthy dinner recipes, look no further than zucchini noodles or zoodles. You can make everyone’s favorite pasta dish with a twist. Zucchini contains several benefits, but it will also help with digestive issues.


    What Does Nutrition Look Like at 12 Oaks?

    With a dedicated team and chef-designed nutritious menus, 12 Oaks managed Senior Communities can be a sense of comfort for your entire family. Our chefs and medical team stay educated on the most up-to-date information on nutritional health. Mealtime for our residents is a social experience, a chance to say hello to neighbors and friends. We believe sharing this time develops a deeper community and sense of connection. With healthy dinner recipes daily, they keep their strength up for a busy tomorrow.

    Experiencing the 12 Oaks lifestyle equals daily solutions and long-term success. Your family is our priority, and we go above and beyond to tailor daily life to each person’s needs in our center of care.


    If you have questions about healthy dinner recipes or any conditions discussed here, connect with us and 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. 12 Oaks community is an ideal place to enjoy the encore season of life.

    For questions or to book a scheduled personalized tour, don’t hesitate to contact us. 



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