5 Ideas for a Loved One Who Needs a Liquid DietAugust 19, 2016
Senior Care in New York NY
If your loved one requires a liquid diet for any length of time, you might find that you both become a little bit bored. Try some of these ideas and don’t forget to check out some of the great cookbooks out there that are devoted to liquid diets.
Yogurt and Pureed Fruit
Some breakfast foods, such as scrambled eggs, are pretty soft but they’re not soft enough for someone who needs a liquid diet. Yogurt has plenty of calcium and protein but if you’re using flavored varieties, it can have a lot of extra sugar. Another option is to use plain yogurt or even plain Greek yogurt and add pureed fruit to the yogurt to jazz it up. Try using some of your loved one’s favorite fruit combinations to make it really appealing.
Oatmeal is another morning food that can be hearty and chunky. If you make it with a little more water or other liquids, such as milk, you can get it to a much thinner consistency. You might even want to use an immersion blender to break up the oatmeal a little bit more. This way your loved one gets all the health benefits of the oatmeal but can actually eat it easily.
Veggie and Fruit Smoothies
Fruit smoothies are pretty common, but they can be full of fruit sugars. If that’s a problem for your loved one, you might want to try more vegetable smoothies. Surprisingly, you can make a smoothie that contains mostly vegetables, add only a little bit of fruit, and get some tasty results. Play around with combinations to find the ones that your loved one enjoys the most.
Puree Favorite Chunky Soups
During cooler weather, your loved one may enjoy plenty of soups. Some of the most delicious varieties can be a little chunkier, though, which makes them difficult to fully enjoy for someone on a liquid diet. Try pureeing them a little with an immersion blender after warming them up for your loved one. Your loved one will get all the flavors without having to fight her way past the chunky parts.
Blended Meats and Broth
Another option is to try blending meats with broth to come up with a heartier meat option for your loved one. This can be a nice change of pace for a loved one who mostly eats fruit and vegetable combinations.
Work closely with your loved one’s doctor and senior care providers to come up with menus that your loved one enjoys and that provide all the nutrition she needs to be healthy.
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Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.