Three Healthy Breakfasts For Single Seniors
Cooking from scratch is the best way to eat healthy breakfasts, but it is difficult to cook single portions. You either end up with too much or too little. And though leftovers are great to have when you live alone and are too tired to make something new, sometimes you just want a single portion to enjoy, especially for breakfast. Cooking for one is particularly important for seniors who live alone since they can greatly benefit from fresh, healthy ingredients that are good for the heart and mind.
Simple healthy breakfasts for one
The following recipes for healthy breakfasts are simple for seniors to prepare and enjoy solo. If you or your loved one enjoy the services of in-home nursing care, talk to your Caregiver about meal planning and preparation for one. Having someone available to help cook, along with offering other nursing services increases the well-being of clients and their families.
The following three breakfast recipes, collected by Buzzfeed, are easy and healthy.
Carrot Cake Smoothie
Blend the following ingredients until smooth. You may thin it out further by adding more almond milk.
1 peeled banana, cut into pieces
1 cup carrots, cut into pieces
2/3 cup almond milk
1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
2 tsp maple syrup or other sweetener
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of ground ginger
pinch of ground nutmeg
top with toasted coconut or toasted walnuts (optional)
Cranberry Orange Pecan Granola
This recipe makes more than a single serving, but it can be stored up to two weeks in an airtight container and portioned out into single servings.
1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
1 ½ cups rice crisp cereal
¼ cup orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
½ tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 egg white, lightly beaten
3 tablespoon dried cranberries
2 tablespoon chopped pecans
Preheat oven: 350°F
Coat 9” square baking pan with cooking spray
Combine the oats and rice crisp cereal in a bowl
In a second bowl, whisk orange juice, orange zest, vegetable oil, maple syrup, and egg white.
Pour the second liquid mixture over the cereal and stir until coated
Spread mixture into the coated pan
Bake for 45 minutes and remove to stir every 15 minutes
Let the baked granola cool slightly for 5 minutes, then break up into clumps with clean hands while it’s still warm
Cool to room temperature, and then add cranberries and pecans
Store in an airtight container
Greens and Ham Breakfast Bowl
It is easy to alter this one to your tastes. Try replacing the veggies in this bowl with more of your favorites. It is also easy to switch out the meat with leftover cold chicken or chunks of tuna. Try removing the hot sauce and using a drizzle of your favorite dressing instead.
8-10 ounces ham, cut into pieces
1 large bunch Swiss chard, chopped
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp olive oil
1 avocado, sliced
2 soft-boiled or hard-boiled eggs
Hot sauce (or another dressing)
Salt and pepper to taste – but not necessary
Cook eggs as desired: soft boiled, hard boiled, or even scrambled
Heat the pieces of ham in a skillet on medium-low, no oil is needed, until beginning to crisp
Stir in the onion and chard for a few minutes – the moisture from the freshly rinsed chard will help prepare the mixture
Place ham and greens mixture in a bowl, top with sliced avocado and eggs
Drizzle with hot sauce or other dressing as preferred
Add salt and pepper if needed
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