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Healthy Smoothies for Seniors

Posted on 14 May 2019
Healthy Smoothies for Seniors

Who doesn't love a good smoothie? They're quick and simple to make, easy to eat, and generally delicious. Smoothies are also easily customizable to supplement anyone's specific nutrient deficiencies. All in all, smoothies are a great choice for seniors, and can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Carrot-Mango Smoothie

This smoothie is an easy and tasty way to consume vitamin A, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities, and supports vision and immune system health.

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango
  • 2 cups of fresh baby spinach (or another leafy green of choice)
  • 2 whole carrots (chopped for easy blending)
  • ½ cup of water

Source: Incredible Smoothies

Pineapple-Zucchini Smoothie

With this smoothie, your senior can get their fill of vitamin B6, which supports nervous system activity and helps the body process carbohydrates.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium zucchini
  • ½ cup of Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • ½ can of pineapple and juice (or 1 cup of fresh chopped pineapple)
  • 4-6 ounces of water

Makes one serving.

Source: Incredible Smoothies

Banana Spice Smoothie

Drink this smoothie to stock up on vitamin B12, which promotes healthy cell metabolism, prevents anemia, and plays a part in developing nerve cells.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups of vanilla kefir (drinkable yogurt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ground allspice
  • 12 ice cubes

Makes two 2-cup servings.

Source: EatingWell.com

Clean Breeze Smoothie

This smoothie is great for upping intake of vitamin C, which boosts the immune system, helps protect against cancer and other diseases, improves iron absorption, and may help reduce the risk of cataracts.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small cucumber, chopped
  • 2 ripe kiwis, peeled
  • 1 cup of ginger-flavoured kombucha tea
  • 1/2 cup of low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro leaves
  • 6 ice cubes

Makes two 1¾ -cup servings.

Source: EatingWell.com

Uplifting Soy Milk Smoothie

This smoothie might taste like a dessert, but it's packed with vitamin D, which helps prevent type 2 diabetes, heart problems, stroke, osteoporosis, certain types of cancer, and helps regulate cognitive function in seniors.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas (sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 6 ounces of vanilla soy milk
  • 4 ice cubes

Makes one serving.

Source: care2.com

Strawberry-Almond Smoothie

If your senior is a fan of strawberries, this is the smoothie for him or her. This smoothie provides vitamin E, which prevents cell damage from free radicals, supports healthy skin, and is associated with lower risks of prostate cancer, bladder cancer, and Alzheimer's disease.

Ingredients:

  • 10 whole frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of silken tofu (4 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar

Makes two 2-cup servings.

Source: EatingWell.com

Tofu Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

This delicious smoothie is packed with protein, the essential building blocks of our body's tissues, enzymes, and immune system.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of silken tofu
  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup of soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (optional, for more flavour and protein)
  • 2-3 ice cubes

Makes one serving.

Source: WebMD


If you have any questions about preparing smoothies and other meals for seniors, contact us today!

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