The natural process of aging can impact the way foods taste and smell. Added to a natural appetite decline, it's understandable why your mom may not be eating as much. You should always talk to your mom's doctor to make sure her appetite loss isn't related to oral health problems or a health condition like dementia. If medical reasons for a lack of appetite are ruled out, try these tips for getting your mom excited about eating healthy meals.
Test Out Different Foods
The way foods taste does change as you age. Taste buds typically regenerate as cells die off and new ones grow in their place. When you're a senior, the cell growth decreases. Foods your mom once enjoyed may no longer taste the same and become unappealing. Focus on foods with strong flavors and have your mom try them. Note the foods she genuinely enjoys. You may find that she used to hate beef but now loves it, and a former favorite like cod just isn't flavorful enough for her anymore.
Switch Out Unhealthy Meals for Healthy Options
Your mom loves strawberry ice cream, but you worry about the fat and sugar content. There are ways you can make an unhealthy favorite into a healthy option. For example, invest in a frozen dessert machine, such as the Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker. A frozen banana and a few frozen strawberries create a delicious strawberry creemee that doesn't have added sugar or dairy. It's simply frozen fruit that's ground up to look like a creamy ice cream.
If your mom enjoyed mashed potatoes, but starchy foods are on her list of things to cut back, boil and mash a cauliflower instead. You'll find cauliflower also mimics white rice when grated.
Make Smoothies to Get Many Nutrients in One Sitting
Can you get your mom to drink a smoothie? Buy vegetables like kale or spinach and add them to a berry smoothie. You'll ensure she gets a serving of leafy green vegetables while masking their flavor with the berries. Add tofu or yogurt for protein and foods like wheat germ for grains.
Call a home care agency and discuss your concerns with your mom's eating habits. A home care agency can arrange to have a caregiver spend time with your mom and help prepare her meals. It's not unusual for a senior to eat less frequently simply because she wants a companion at meal times.
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