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What is the Best Food for Seniors Without Teeth?

There are excellent options for food for seniors without teeth.

Seniors without teeth or with dentures, can find it difficult to chew and eat. However, they should not worry, since there are many nourishing options for food for seniors without teeth. It is still possible to take pleasure in the same foods that you used to eat in your younger days. The key is to prepare the meals in a different way to aid in nutrient absorption. You also should consume a mix of healthy and soft foods to preserve your good health.

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How can you achieve this goal? Try to pulverize fruits using a blender or look for squashed varieties in the supermarket. There are mashed fruits like avocados, bananas and melons. Quick options include applesauce or blended apples, oranges, pears, and fruit cocktail. You can also blend bananas with berries or strawberries with lime juice squeezed in. These can be concocted into smoothies or shakes which are easier to ingest.

Well cooked veggies are usually soft enough for seniors without teeth to eat. Steam the greens to maintain the nutrients. The vegetables should be very soft and, if necessary, you can pound them until they are smooth. Whip crushed veggies with low-fat cream or milk. Add your favorite condiments to create a healthy soup. Increase your protein intake by mixing ground fish, meat or beans into the broth. You can opt for pureed squash and carrots to create a vegetable juice. At the same time, do not eat too much raw fruits and veggies like celery, apple and pineapple. Also avoid dried fruits and coconut.

Go for protein fruits. Consider pureeing lean red meat and fish to ensure you get the right amount of protein in your diet. There are other recipes. Try to squash your favorite salmon with salt, pepper, lemon juice and low-fat cream cheese. This will make a wholesome and appetizing light dish. Instead of fish, you can choose chopped up meat (beef, chicken or lean pork) in your recipes. Mix these with rice or mildly blended pasta. Other soft protein food include scrambled eggs, low-calorie milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, and sweet pudding. There are lots of wonderful ideas for cooking healthy food for seniors without teeth.

Our elderly care services at home can help you find wholesome foods that can improve and sustain your health. Contact Specialty Care Services at 301-585-6300 for more information. See our full service area in Maryland, D.C., and northern Virginia here.



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