Snack routines are often boring and repetitive. Instead of eating just an apple or resorting to less healthy (but more tasteful) option such as chips or cookies, here are some filling and satisfying ideas to keep your senior residents excited for snack time!
- Incorporate more fiber: Foods that contain fiber take longer to digest which can increase feelings of satiety for longer. Fruit, vegetables and whole grains are good sources of fiber. Some snack ideas include vegetable trays, fruit salads, popcorn and other whole grain snacks.
- Add a protein dip: Adding additional protein to a snack is another way to ensure that you stay full for longer. When serving fruits, vegetables, crackers, etc., dips are a fun and easy way to add extra flavor. Try making different dips out of nut butters, hummus, cottage cheese and Greek yogurt to add some extra protein.
- Smoothie bar: Smoothies are a fun, summer-favorite. Try blending fruits, vegetables, liquid (juice or milk), yogurt, and add-ins (peanut butter, flax seed, chia seeds, etc.) to find a favorite combination.
- Mix-and-match: To add some variety, try mixing and matching different snack options. Ideas could include yogurt and granola, peanut butter celery logs with raisins, trail mix popcorn (popcorn mixed with nuts, dried fruit, chocolate candies, etc.), apples and cheese, etc. Trying different combinations will keep snack time exciting.