Keen to discover some inspiration for breakfast ideas for seniors?
Breakfast is an important meal as it helps to set you in good stead for the day. Having a fresh, healthy breakfast can help to boost your energy levels and maximise your cognitive abilities.
From avocado on toast to wholesome porridge, we’re taking a look at our top 5 healthy breakfast ideas for seniors:
Breakfast Ideas for Seniors: Poached Eggs and Avocado on Toast
Avocado is a fantastic source of fibre and is packed full of nutrients. The low-carb fruit is also high in ‘monounsaturated fats’, which are essential for maintaining good cholesterol levels. Avocado is classed as a superfood, and is incredibly versatile.
Why not try crushed avocado on seeded, multigrain bread for a healthy breakfast dish? You could add chilli flakes and lime juice for a zingy start to your day.
Poached eggs are full of protein and are a great addition to your avocado on toast; you could even add a handful of spinach or mushrooms for an extra boost of goodness. Why not try a gentle workout, too, for the ultimate health kick?
Fruit Salad With Natural Yoghurt
Fruits are full of vitamins and minerals, making them an ideal breakfast option. They’re versatile, too, so you can adapt them in almost any way you like.
You could try a tropical fruit salad by dicing mango, kiwi, bananas and pineapple, and then balancing the acidity with a generous spoonful of protein-rich natural yoghurt. Given their high nutritional value, fruits can help to improve your heart health, cognitive function, muscle and bone health and boost your immune system.
We recommend adding pomegranate seeds to your morning fruit salad for an extra burst of delicious goodness. The sweet seeds add not only a bright colour to your dish, but they’re also loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, which helps your body by reducing your blood pressure and improving your heart health.
Breakfast Ideas for Seniors: Overnight Oats With Your Choice of Toppings
Overnight oats are a popular healthy breakfast dish; they’re easy to prepare, delicious and packed full of goodness. You’ll enjoy a lasting feeling of fullness, too, since the high fibre content of oats stimulates the release of slow-releasing energy when consumed.
To make overnight oats, simply spoon some oats into a jar (usually 1/2 cup of oats per portion), and soak them overnight in the fridge with ½ cup of milk and/or natural yoghurt. You could mix in a spoonful of peanut butter, too, or a cup of berries to enhance the flavour and nutritional content.
The following morning, remove your oats from the fridge and finish with your choice of toppings. Why not try a drizzle of honey and a handful of mixed berries for a healthy sweet treat?
Here is an easy recipe for delicious overnight oats.
Breakfast Ideas for Seniors: Smoothie Bowls
Smoothie bowls are as simple as they sound: simply whizz up a smoothie, but serve it in a bowl with toppings of your choice! Smoothie bowls do tend to be a little thicker in consistency, though, so be sure to add enough thickening agents so that you can easily eat it with a spoon. Yoghurts and frozen bananas are great thickeners, and provide an extra bit of flavour, too.
We like this spinach and avocado smoothie bowl, which is packed full of vitamins and antioxidants.
You can top with toasted granola, berries and chia seeds to increase your fibre intake and add a little more substance.
Breakfast Ideas for Seniors: Simple Porridge
Porridge is an easy and delicious way to start your day. It’s light enough to leave you feeling comfortable, whilst being filling enough to keep your hunger at bay until lunchtime.
Simply add a ½ cup of oats to 1 cup of milk, and stir over a low/medium heat until it thickens. To serve, you could add a drizzle of honey or a dollop of jam to sweeten it slightly, or you could add berries or banana to change up the texture and flavour.
As porridge oats are a complex carbohydrate, they release energy slowly to help you get through the morning.
At Wellbeing Care, we’re passionate about ensuring our residents enjoy healthy, wholesome diets. If you’d like to know more about our services, please contact a member of our team.
Alternatively, if you’ve enjoyed reading about our healthy breakfast ideas for seniors, why not read our previous blog on hydration and nutrition?