Dietitian-approved menus include a variety of flavorful options for seniors, with meals designed to meet their nutritional needs.
Eggs have a reputation for being unhealthy but updated research has proven that the infamy is undeserved – eggs actually have some impressive health credentials. May is National Egg Month, so let’s take a look at how these nutritional powerhouses can play a role in senior meal planning programs.
Health Benefits of Eggs in Menus for Seniors
Eggs are only 70 calories each, yet they are rich in several nutrients.
One large egg contains over 6 grams of high-quality, complete protein that provides all nine of the amino acids that must be obtained from the diet. For seniors, adequate dietary protein is essential for muscle strength and energy.
In addition, eggs are high in biotin, riboflavin, vitamin B12, selenium, choline, and a host of other vitamins and minerals seniors need. They also contain compounds with antioxidant properties that may help prevent heart disease and cancer.
Considering Cholesterol in Dietitian-Approved Menus
Eggs are high in cholesterol. Each one contains 186 milligrams (mg). Seniors with high blood cholesterol levels are at an increased risk of heart disease.
However, egg consumption actually has less of an effect on blood cholesterol than consuming trans fats and saturated fats. So, as long senior menus consider the recommended daily limits of cholesterol in foods, eggs can be included.
What are the cholesterol limits for dietitian-approved menus? Healthy seniors should consume no more than 300 mg per day, while those with diabetes should keep daily intake under 200 mg.
Keep in mind, too, that all of the cholesterol is in the egg yolks. So, for seniors who need to lower their consumption, just the whites can be used.
Dietitian-Approved Egg Recipe Ideas for Seniors
Eggs are an incredibly versatile ingredient for cooking, and they can be used in many healthy senior recipes.
Breakfast is a natural fit, and seniors often appreciate favorites like scrambled, poached or soft-cooked eggs with whole grain toast. Omelets and breakfast burritos are also good choices, particularly when filled with healthy vegetables.
Quiches and frittatas make for healthy and delicious lunch or dinner options. Or, serve up classic deviled eggs or egg salad sandwiches using non-fat yogurt instead of mayonnaise.
For desserts, many seniors enjoy meringue cookies, egg custard and mousse. Low-fat and low-sugar dietitian-approved versions of these recipes are healthy treats that can satisfy a sweet tooth.
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