Your senior might need to start eating a soft diet for a variety of reasons. The problem is that when you first start trying to determine what she should eat, you might have a tough time coming up with ideas. Here are a few suggestions.
Eggs are an incredible source of protein and they’re also versatile. You can scramble them, fry them, soft boil them, or prepare them in multitudes of other ways. If your elderly family member doesn’t enjoy eggs, there are other options, thankfully.
Pureed Fruits and Vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables are important to keep in your senior’s diet if it’s at all possible. But most of them definitely don’t fit under the umbrella of soft foods. Pureeing them or putting them in a smoothie makes them much easier to eat.
Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium and it’s really easy to eat. If your elderly family member will eat plain yogurt, that’s much better for her because it doesn’t have added sugar. You can add pureed vegetables and fruits to plain yogurt along with honey to add variety.
Oatmeal is a great source of whole grains and it’s higher in protein than you might think. As long as your senior doesn’t add a lot of sugar to it, oatmeal can be an extremely healthy way for her to get plenty of nutrition while also sticking with a soft diet.
Soft Pasta or Rice.
For a textural change, your elderly family member might enjoy eating pasta that’s cooked to a soft texture or rice that is well-cooked. For a bit more flavor, consider cooking the rice with beef or chicken stock rather than plain water.
Soups are a great way for your senior to continue to get some meat into her diet, especially if the meat is cut up into very small pieces. Clear, broth-based soups are very hydrating, too, so they’re a good way for your senior to get more water into her diet.
Nut butters that don’t include chunks of the nuts in them can be incredibly high in protein and healthy fats. You can add nut butters to smoothies, oatmeal, or yogurt to add some flavor to those foods and get a little variety.
For a full list of what your senior can eat when she’s supposed to have a soft diet, make sure that you talk with her doctor or dentist. Senior care providers can help you to figure out what you can prepare in advance to make this time much easier on your senior and on yourself.