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Easy, Healthy Recipes for the Elderly

As we age, coming up with meals gets a bit tricky. Often times our appetite begins to wane, and eating just doesn’t seem appealing. Easier doesn’t always equal healthy, so here are some that fit both descriptions.

Pan Seared Salmon over Baby Arugula (not only is this one easy, but, it helps fight Salmon Over Arugulainflammation!) The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil has been shown to block inflammatory agents in the body, which is very helpful for anyone living with arthritis. Likewise, fish oil is good for preventing heart disease, as it reduces blood pressure.

When combined with arugula - a leafy green that is full of essential nutrients - this dinner recipe is both incredibly healthy and undeniably delicious. Perfect for a warm summer evening or a cozy winter night, this is a dish you're simply going to love.

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon filets (6 oz each)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • 2/3 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup slivered red onion
  • 1 Tbsp. red-wine vinegar

Directions:

Using a shallow bowl or dish, dress the salmon with lemon juice, half of the olive oil and salt and pepper. Leave for 15 minutes to marinate.

In a nonstick skillet, cook the salmon skin-side down over high heat, occasionally using a spatula to gently poke beneath the filets to avoid sticking and loosen from the pan. After three minutes, reduce the heat to medium and cover the pan. Cook another 3-4 minutes, or until the flesh is medium rare and the skin has begun to crisp. Set the fish aside to rest.

Cut the tomatoes into halves or quarters and combine with arugula and onions in a medium bowl. Before serving, toss with salt, pepper, the rest of the olive oil and vinegar.

Dressed up Oatmeal
Truth be told, Oatmeal can be boring, but you can easily dress it up and turn it into a fulfilling, yet simple breakfast. By adding your favorite fruit, a handful of chopped nuts, and even some dark chocolate changes everything about ‘boring’ oatmeal!

That is just two examples of healthier, quick food choices. Not only can you find many recipes on line, there are now quite a few delivery services available that include all the ingredients for your recipe choices.

Of course, as we age, our balance begins to shift. If you, or your loved one has balance issues, or a medical condition, like an allergy to foods, subscribing to a medical alert system can help keep them safe, even in the kitchen.