Summer, the loveliest season of the year, is finally here. What could be better than spending time with family around a bountiful table in the backyard, with warm weather, and lush grass, on a bright sunny day? To commemorate the arrival of summer, we’ve compiled a list of family-friendly summer lunch ideas for your parents and elder relatives.
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5 Summer Lunch Ideas You Need to Try
A fresh, light, and nutrient-dense salad is the perfect dish for your elder loved ones this summertime. Customize your dish based on individual tastebuds. Choose from fresh, seasonal ingredients like leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, or corn. You can also include additions like protein sources such as grilled chicken, tuna, eggs, hummus, or cheese.
Quick And Easy Soups
Soup is an excellent lunch idea for senior citizens because it is filling, easy to digest, and nutritional. Well-balanced soups are full of essential vitamins and minerals required for health and longevity. Additionally, soup is easy to prepare or cook ahead of time. Here are some quick and easy soup ideas:
- Tomato soup
- Lentil soup
- Carrot and coriander soup
- Minestrone, an Italian vegetable soup
- Leek and potato soup
Sandwiches can be one of the best summer lunch ideas for your elderly relatives. They are light, but the fillings can be nutrient-dense, supporting overall health. There are tons of sandwich recipes to choose from; some include colorful vegetables, while others have a lot of the meat your seniors may crave. Here are some sandwich ideas you can try:
- Tuna and salmon sandwiches are high in omega-3 fatty acids, beneficial to brain function, joints, and overall health.
- Egg sandwiches are a good source of protein. They include Vitamin E, which is beneficial for the eyes, skin, and immune system.
- Ham and cheese sandwiches are abundant in protein and B vitamins, which assist your body in breaking down food into energy. Cheese is high in calcium, protein, and vitamins, all of which help keep your skin healthy, your vision clear, and your immune system functioning correctly.
While we don’t recommend cheesecake as the main course, this delicious dessert can be a surprisingly nutritious and nurturing way to satiate our loved one’s sweet tooth. Despite the sugar, cheesecake ingredients also happen to be rich in calcium and even protein.
In particular, fruity cheesecakes are a delightful summer dessert option. When mixed with fresh fruits, berries, and love, they may be healthy, nutritious, and favorable to your parents. Try preparing strawberry cheesecakes, which are minimal in calories and do not quickly boost blood sugar levels. Lime cheesecakes are also a great summertime option. Limes are sour, nutritious, brilliant green citrus fruits that aid in immunity, skin health, heart disease prevention, and other ailments.
Fruits are high in a variety of nutrients, many of which are good for the health of your senior citizens. Fresh fruits contain high water levels, which can help your loved one stay hydrated during the summer. By blending these nutritious ingredients with veggies, your seniors will get a boost of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and enzymes.
What Does Nutrition Look Like at 12 Oaks?
12 Oaks managed Senior Communities provide a sense of comfort for your elderly family members with a devoted team and chef-designed nutritional meals. Our team stays up to date on the latest dietary health facts. Your family is our top concern. In our center of care, we go above and beyond to personalize daily living to each individual’s requirements.
If you have questions about summer lunch ideas or any concerns, 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. 12 Oaks community is an ideal place to enjoy the encore season of life.
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