Maintaining a healthy weight is important for seniors. Gaining weight can increase a senior’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other serious illnesses. And it can be very difficult for seniors to lose weight as they get older. So seniors who are already at a healthy weight, or who are trying to lose a little weight, need to be careful when it comes to their calories. With the help of a senior home care provider, they can attain their desired weight.
Eating fewer calories doesn’t mean that seniors have to give up everything sweet though. There are lots of sweet but healthy low-calorie treats that seniors can enjoy. Fresh fruit is always a good option for dessert. Sweet berries with Chantilly cream or fresh orange slices are a wonderful healthy dessert for seniors.
So are treats like these:
Berries And Greek Yogurt
Fresh berries are sweet and packed with vitamins. Adding some of them to delicious high-protein Greek yogurt makes a delicious healthy dessert or snack for seniors. This sweet treat also can be a fun weekend breakfast. Frozen berries can be substituted for fresh in the wintertime when berries aren’t in season.
Baked Apples with Cinnamon
Baked apples are a wonderful fall and winter treat that combines healthy fiber-rich apples with some sweet brown sugar and cinnamon. They’re also very easy to make. Seniors who have senior home care services can get help coring apples from a senior home care provider. After the apples are cored stuff the center with some butter or butter substitute, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Bake in the oven until the apples are tender and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seeds are a superfood full of essential minerals that seniors may not be getting enough of. To turn chia seeds into pudding just combine them with milk and let them soak overnight. Top with some fresh fruit and seniors can enjoy a healthy sweet pudding and fruit.
Frozen Banana Bites
These delicious healthy treats are a real crowd-pleaser because they are delicious, sweet, cool, and healthy. And they’re so easy to make. Slice some ripe bananas into bite-sized pieces. Dip them in melted dark chocolate. Then put them on a parchment-lined tray or plate and freeze them. When the chocolate is hard they’re ready to eat.
Lemon sorbet is a sweet cool treat that is perfect after a heavy meal. And it’s very easy to make. Just combine some fresh lemon juice with water and a little sugar or agave syrup. Freeze the mixture, then blend it to give it a whipped texture. Freeze it again, then serve. Much healthier than ice cream but just as delicious on a hot summer day.
Poached Pears with Cinnamon
Another delicious and easy fruit dessert is poached pears. Poach some fresh medium-sized pears with cinnamon sticks until they are tender. You can add cinnamon and brown sugar as a topping, but they are sweet without that too. Poached pears are a nostalgic dessert that seniors love and they are very low in calories.