Aging makes even eating and swallowing food a struggle sometimes. In addition to making sure that they get adequate exercise, we might have to come up with foods of the right consistency, or even help our older loved ones eat. The easiest way to feed our older loved ones would be with liquid foods that still taste delicious. The following recipes for your loved ones with swallowing difficulties are packed with nutrients but easy to consume.
Coconut Mango Puree
Simple enough to make – just blend ripened mango with coconut milk or coconut cream. It’s that easy, so no excuses not to try it. The mango is sweet enough to make this a dessert, with hints of coconut fragrance.
Acorn Squash Banana Milkshake
Roast the acorn squash until tender. You’ll have to let it cool before peeling off the skin, then blend with banana and vanilla ice cream. Sweet, nutty, and creamy – that’s the stuff.
This sounds indulgent, but it’s super healthy and easy to make. Blend together banana, ripened avocado, milk, and a teaspoon or two of cocoa powder. You can also add honey for some sweetness.
There you have it, a healthy version of chocolate pudding.
Savory Beet Puree
Roast the beet until tender, then chop it up into cubes. Blend with plain Greek yogurt, a pinch of dill, and a dash of garlic powder. Use vegetable broth to thin this concoction. The end result is vibrant and purple, and so yummy.
Strawberry Spinach Applesauce
Hide your greens in this applesauce to make it healthier but just as tasty. Cook down sliced strawberries with a pinch of sugar for sweetness. As it is cooking, put in the spinach and cook until the spinach wilts. Blend it all with applesauce and make sure it’s smooth.
Tomato Basil Soup
Roast whole tomatoes and remove the skin. Simmer for 10 minutes with canned diced tomatoes, garlic, as much basil as you want, and a little cream. Blend the soup until it’s creamy, and you can even add a dash of sugar if you want it to be sweeter.
Green Goddess Puree
Healthy and simple, this is a green dressing-turned-dessert. Blend together an avocado, plain Greek yogurt, a drizzle of olive oil, a dash of lemon juice, and all the leafy herbs you can find in your kitchen, including basil, parsley, cilantro, mint.
Mix cream cheese and sugar together in a huge mixing bowl. Whip cocoa and espresso powder with coconut milk in another bowl. Combine all with heavy cream, and whip on high until you get the mousse consistency.
Chia Seed Pudding
Mix your preferred amount of omega-3-rich chia seeds in coconut milk with a splash of vanilla and maple syrup. Leave in the fridge for about an hour to thicken. Blend and serve cold.
Monkey Nut Milkshake
This is also a banana milkshake, but with added coffee ice cream and a dash of peanut butter. Blend with some milk for the right consistency and serve chilled.