May 4, 2017 by Leslie Knopp
Many senior citizens consume too much sodium. Excessive amounts of sodium can increase blood pressure as well as an older adult’s risk of heart failure, stroke, kidney disease, and osteoporosis.
The good news is that there are plenty of ways seniors can lower their consumption of sodium and improve their overall health. Next time your senior loved one opts for those salty pretzels or chips, home helpers can recommend the following low sodium snacks instead.
Peanut Butter and Apple
Since whole fruits such as apples are naturally low in sodium and high in potassium, they are excellent snack options. Home helpers explain that older adults find sliced apples paired with low-sodium peanut butter a tasty and satisfying snack.
Veggies and Dip
Just like fruits, vegetables make excellent snacks. Seniors can cut up celery, carrots, red bell pepper, tomatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower and pair these vitamin rich vegetables with a veggie dip made out of Greek yogurt, salsa or low-sodium dressing.
Smoothies, especially when they are homemade, are ideal for older adults who are searching for a snack they can enjoy on the go. For a delicious smoothie, seniors can add their favorite fresh or frozen fruit, some Greek yogurt or coconut milk, and a hint of low-sodium peanut butter into a blender.
Seniors who are craving something crunchy should opt for kale chips rather than regular chips. Kale chips are full of fiber and low in calories and sodium. To prepare them, home helpers suggest that seniors season kale chips with their favorite low-sodium spices and herbs and bake the kale in the oven for about 20 minutes at 450 degrees.
Enjoy Low-Sodium Meals From Simply to Go
Simply to Go is a fresh food delivery system now offered by Comfort Keepers of Traverse City, MI. Seniors can choose the meal plan that meets their needs, place their order, and enjoy the convenience of fresh, nutritious meals delivered to their front door. For more information on Simply to Go, call us at (231) 222-5376.