A decreased sense of taste is part of the natural aging process. Though it is not entirely known why this happens, it is known that our sense of taste is tied to our ability to see. As we age and our eyesight diminishes, our sense of taste can diminish right along with it.
At San Antonio Home Care Assistance, we know firsthand how challenging it can be to get a senior loved one to eat a balanced diet when the flavor just isn’t there. Depending on diet and nutritional restrictions, here are some helpful and easy things you can do to make eating more flavorful and healthy.
1. Try foods that are a good source of lean protein and act as a flavorful base for the rest of the meal:
- Lean beef
- Salmon and shrimp
- Greens like spinach, broccoli, collard, or Brussels sprouts
2. Add color to the meal. Seeing a colorful plate of food can help stimulate appetite and enhance the flavor of the food and the desire to eat it. Try adding these to your cooking and presentation:
- Bell peppers
- Leafy greens
- Yellow squash
- Fresh fruit like berries, melons, strawberries, cranberries, and cherries
3. Choosing the right condiments no only amps up flavor, it can help decrease your loved one’s sodium intake. Give these a try:
- Hot mustard
- Olive oil
- Lemon/citrus juice
- Rosemary, sage, caraway, dill seeds
You might even try cooking your loved one’s favorites and making healthy and flavorful substitutes, which can stimulate the pleasure of seeing the dish and the taste of the food.
Learn more about promoting senior health and wellness from the experienced staff at Home Care Assistance. As a leading provider of hourly, live-in, and specialized dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and stroke care in San Antonio, we are well-versed in caring for seniors with a variety of needs, including preparing healthy, delicious meals for even the pickiest eater. For more information, give us a call at (210) 495-6300 and speak with a friendly Care manager.