If your elderly loved one is unable to eat gluten, food will play an important role in his or her emotional, physical, and mental health. This includes snacks. Here is a list of some healthy gluten-free snacks your loved one can eat, provided by the El Cajon senior home care experts at Coast Care Partners.
Hummus contains high levels of zinc, iron, calcium, copper, and magnesium, among many other vitamins, trace minerals, and antioxidants that can keep the heart healthy. Eating hummus can also protect the digestive system and prevent constipation. Your loved one can eat rice crackers with hummus, as both foods are gluten-free.
Raisins are a good source of energy for seniors. The more energy your loved one has, the more socially and physically active he or she may be. Raisins are also a healthy substitute for junk foods such as cookies, candies, and cakes.
This vegetable can be added to meals and salads, but it can also be eaten as a snack during the day or evening. Cucumbers are low in calories but high in fiber and minerals that boost cognitive health. The vitamins and minerals in cucumbers can help your loved one lose weight and maintain good eye, memory, and bone health.
4. Celery and Peanut Butter
This combination is a healthy snack that can help seniors avoid overeating. Peanut butter is a good source of monounsaturated fat, as well as an appetite-satisfying protein. The low-calories in celery can prevent your loved one from gaining too much weight and developing diabetes or heart issues.
5. Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds can help older adults fight against some types of cancer. The seeds also contain bone-healthy minerals seniors need to maintain balance and flexibility. Family caregivers should avoid buying the roasted and salted sunflower seeds that contain gluten and other unhealthy ingredients.
This snack is made with healthy vegetables and fruits, including avocados, onions, and sometimes peppers. Avocados are high in antioxidants that protect the brain and prevent age-related issues such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Instead of using salt, season your loved one’s guacamole with non-processed herbs and seasonings.
7. Hard-Boiled Eggs
Whole eggs can be added to your loved one’s list of gluten-free snacks. Hard-boiled eggs contain the iron necessary to stay energized and active. Eating whole eggs can also provide the vitamins and protein your loved one needs to maintain strong bones.
8. Gluten-Free Cookies
With this option, your loved one can still have some of the treats he or she craves at snack time. Gluten-free cookies can be found at various grocery stores or purchased via online retailers. Eating gluten-free cookies can satisfy the cravings your loved one has for traditional cookies without worrying about the allergens.
If your loved one needs help maintaining a healthy diet, consider hiring a professional at-home caregiver. El Cajon, CA, families rely on the dedicated caregivers at Coast Care Partners to help their elderly loved ones prepare nutritious meals, go grocery shopping, and much more. Give us a call today at 619-354-2544 to find out how we can help your loved one live a happier and healthier life while aging in place.