Why Your Aging Relative Needs More Summer Smoothies

When warm temperatures are here, it’s important to keep elderly relatives cool and hydrated. Seniors are most at risk for developing heat-related conditions like heat exhaustion and heat stroke due to challenges in regulating their own body temperature. Dehydration is also another real danger for the elderly in the summer months.

Caregiver in Port St. Lucie FL: Summer Smoothies for Seniors

Caregiver in Port St. Lucie FL: Summer Smoothies for Seniors

Family caregivers and senior care providers can help elderly adults stay cool and comfortable by making and serving delicious smoothies. Not only are they hydrating, but smoothies are an excellent way to put a nutritional boost into their diet.

Smoothie Basics.

Smoothies are blended drinks made of fruit, vegetables, liquids, and enhancements. The most basic smoothies are pieces of frozen fruit and a little liquid blended together. However, smoothies are so versatile that caregivers can put a range of ingredients in to pack it full of nutrients. Among the most popular fruit ingredients are strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, bananas, mango, kiwi fruit, melon, oranges, and grapes. However, almost any fruit will work just fine.

Believe it or not, many smoothie recipes incorporate vegetables like spinach, carrots, kale, sweet potato, beets, avocado and zucchini. It’s an excellent way for seniors to get a serving or two of vegetables in their daily diet. Every smoothie needs a little liquid as well, so family caregivers and senior care providers can choose from some healthy options like water, green tea, milk, soy milk, almond milk, coconut water and fruit juices. If an aging loved one likes their smoothie a little thicker, then family caregivers can add some yogurt or crushed ice.

Smoothies are Ideal for Seniors.

While smoothies are appealing to people of all ages, they are particularly suited to elderly adults. Family caregivers and senior care providers know how important it is that an aging adult eat a balanced diet, but it’s hard to get anyone to eat enough fruits and vegetables. Smoothies are a delicious way to take in a serving or two of this important food group.

Many elderly adults don’t have large appetites, and some may even struggle to chew and swallow due to poor dental health, paralysis from a stroke, or other physical issue. Smoothies are easy to ingest and work well for elderly adults of all abilities. Plus, when a family caregiver or senior care provider offers a smoothie as part of a meal or as a snack, it’s difficult for seniors to say no to such a delicious and refreshing treat.

Smoothie Warnings.

There are only a few things that family caregivers and senior care providers need to keep in mind when it comes to smoothies. The first thing to pay attention to is the smoothie consistency. Some seniors struggle with things like small seeds or large chunks of fruit, so family caregivers and senior care providers should make sure every ingredient is well blended.

Another thing to remember is that smoothies should not be used as meal substitutes. They make an excellent snack and compliment many meals but they should not be the main course day after day. Otherwise, there’s no reason why seniors can’t enjoy smoothies frequently.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Port St. Lucie, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

 

 

President, Anne Marie Thompson, brings over 25 years of healthcare experience to Activa Home Health.

“My entire career as a nurse has been devoted to serving the senior population, helping them to age safely and independently in their homes,” says Thompson.

Anne Marie enjoys spending time with her children. She also loves the outdoors, spending time at the beach and out on the water enjoying all things sunny South Florida has to offer.