Some aging adults may have a hard time digesting certain proteins while simultaneously facing various nutritional deficiencies. Soy-based meals can be a great alternative for seniors to get the nutrition they need. Lancaster in-home care experts want to share some of the health benefits your elderly loved one can gain from eating soy and how it can be included in his or her diet.
Soy products like protein powder, tofu, and soy milk provide a high amount of non-animal protein, iron, fiber, calcium, and even vitamin D when fortified. These nutrients are important for seniors to maintain muscle mass, counteract anemia, facilitate digestion, and prevent osteoporosis. Soy is also known to assist in stabilizing blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels, and it can combat many other health concerns seniors face.
Adding soy to meals does not mean your loved one has to dramatically alter his or her diet. Incorporating soy proteins, soy flour, and soy milk is often an easy way to adjust a recipe so it contains more important nutrients. Breakfast meals that incorporate soy flour and soy milk are typically high in protein and fiber. Smoothies are another alternative that pack a significant amount of protein by using soy powder. Edamame, which is the immature form of soybeans, can easily be pureed into hummus that can be used as a dip or as a spread on sandwiches.
Substituting sandwich meats with soy products like Tofurkey reduces the amount of fat in your loved one’s meals without decreasing the amount of protein, which is especially crucial if he or she has high cholesterol or issues with weight management. Soft tofu grilled with vegetables on skewers, tofu filets with grains, and tofu scrambles are simple ways to provide protein and vitamins that are easy to digest.
To learn more about senior nutrition, reach out to the elderly care experts at Home Care Assistance. In addition to helping with meal prep and grocery shopping, our caregivers can assist your loved one with exercise, transportation, and many other important tasks. We also offer specialized Parkinson’s, stroke, and dementia care Lancaster families trust. For more information on our elderly care services, call one of our friendly Care Managers at (717) 540-4663 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.