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How can I get my mom to eat more nutritiously?

Mom only wants to eat sweets - advice?
Status: Open    Sep 12, 2014 - 01:45 PM

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Sep 19, 2014 - 02:54 PM

The sweet taste buds are the last to fade away, so sweet still things still have flavor for the elderly. You might try some savory dishes that have a sweet element such as chicken mole or baked sweet potatos with brown sugar sprinkled on top.

Mar 09, 2015 - 04:41 PM

Smoothies work. It's amazing what you can tuck into a smoothie and still have it be sweet and pleasant to drink. I use a base of almond milk and/or alkaline water and add a combination of some of the following:

Fresh fruit of almost any variety such as bananas, apples, pears, berries, mango, pineapple or oranges, protein powder, flax seed, nuts, yogurt and even sometimes chocolate nibs and decaf coffee. These two go well with bananas. Be sure the citrus fruits don't interfere with medications as some have warnings so check with your doctor or pharmacist first.

Veggie smoothies are just as flavorful and certainly healthy but not as sweet unless you use grapes or pinapple with the greens, carrots and cucumber, etc. There are many great recipe blends to try online.

If she likes anything with a tomato sauce base like spaghetti, lasagne, enchiladas or chili, add as many minced veggies as you can, like carrots, celery, onion, cabbage, squash, etc. If you use them in moderation, the sauce will be thicker but very tasty, much like she expects it to be.

Lastly, chopped salads also work well if she favors them. The addition of cottage cheese, avacado, seeds and nuts (minced fine in a chopper) pickled beets, boiled eggs, organic tofu, chopped or minced meats, potatoes and her favorite dressings can also be good for you and for her.

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