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Easy Low-Sodium Meals for Seniors

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Maintaining a proper diet is a wonderful way for seniors to live happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives. But sometimes, it can be difficult to think of new creative dishes to eat—especially if you’re trying out a diet like the low-sodium diet. Fortunately, our community at Bellevue Village at Woodstock is here to help.

For breakfast, you can always try:

  • Oatmeal with fresh fruit
  • An egg white omelet with vegetables

For lunch, you can make:

  • A grilled chicken salad
  • A spinach and mushroom quesadilla

Then, for dinner, why not enjoy:

  • Baked salmon with dill
  • A shrimp and broccoli stir fry

And don’t worry—we have the recipes here, too!

The Basics of a Low-Sodium Diet

Salt and sodium are used in almost every easy-to-make food nowadays. The human body needs sodium, but many people consume far more than they should. The American Heart Association recommends consuming less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day.

Fortunately, you can lower how much sodium you’re consuming through a low-sodium diet. With this diet, you alter your existing recipes and cut out excess sodium wherever possible. You don’t have to avoid it at all costs—it’s still good for you! But instead, you monitor how much sodium you consume, and try to keep it under a certain level.

Low-Sodium Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast sets the tone for your day, so why not start on a healthy note with a low-sodium meal? Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit

Making low-sodium oatmeal with fresh fruits is easy. All you need is some oatmeal and some fruit!

  1. Start by boiling 2 cups of water in a saucepan.
  2. Stir in 1 cup of oats and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook the oats, stirring occasionally, for about 10 to 20 minutes, until they’re at your desired level of creaminess.
  3. While the oats are cooking, chop up your favorite fruits. Berries, bananas, and apples are all great choices!
  4. Once the oats are done, remove them from heat.
  5. Top the cooked oats with your chopped fruits. For added flavor, you can add a sprinkle of cinnamon or a drizzle of honey.

Egg White Omelet with Vegetables

Preparing an egg white omelet with vegetables is another low-sodium option rich in proteins and fibers. To start, you’ll need some ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup of chopped vegetables (spinach, onions, or bell peppers are excellent healthy options)
  • Olive oil

Then, you’ll just need to:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped vegetables to the skillet and sauté until they are slightly tender.
  2. While the vegetables are cooking, whisk the egg whites in a bowl.
  3. Once the vegetables are cooked, spread them evenly across the skillet. Pour the whisked egg whites over the vegetables.
  4.  Let the eggs cook over medium heat until they start to set around the edges. If you’d like to use spices, herbs can add a nice touch of flavor.
  5. Gently lift the edges of the omelet while tilting the pan to allow any uncooked egg to flow underneath. Continue this until most of the egg is cooked, then fold in half.
  6. Serve hot!

Low-Sodium Lunch Ideas

Lunchtime is another opportunity to enjoy a flavorful and low-sodium meal. It’s the middle of the day, so it’s time to sit and relax for a moment. The following meals can give you a little energy boost for the rest of the day.

Grilled Chicken Salad with a Light Vinaigrette

A simple grilled chicken salad can be a wonderful lunchtime idea. You’ll need:

  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • A mix of your favorite salad greens
  • Your favorite vegetables, diced or chopped thinly
  • Olive oil
  • White wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Pepper to taste

Then, you’ll just need to:

  1. Grill your chicken breast until it’s cooked through. Let it cool (the fridge can help) and then slice it thinly.
  2. While the chicken is cooling, grab a large bowl and fill it with your leafy greens. Add your chosen vegetables.
  3. For the light vinaigrette, whisk together 2 parts olive oil, 1 part vinegar, a teaspoon of mustard, and pepper. Adjust the amounts to taste.
  4. Drizzle your vinaigrette over your salad and toss it all together. Then, throw in the chicken, and you’re ready to go!

Mushroom & Spinach Quesadilla

A nice mushroom and spinach quesadilla is a great low-sodium lunch option that’s filled with fiber and protein. Here’s what you’ll need to prepare this delicious meal:

  • 1 cup of chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup of chopped spinach
  • 2 whole grain tortillas
  • 1/4 cup low-fat shredded cheese (choose a low-sodium variety)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Then, follow these steps:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped mushrooms and cook until they’re soft and slightly browned.
  2. Add the chopped spinach to the skillet and cook until it’s wilted.
  3. While the vegetables are cooking, place one tortilla on a separate griddle or skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle half of the cheese evenly over the tortilla.
  4. Spread the cooked vegetables evenly over the cheese, then sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the vegetables.
  5. Cover with the second tortilla and cook until the bottom tortilla is golden brown. Flip the quesadilla carefully and cook until the other side is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  6. Remove from heat, cut into quarters, and serve.

Low-Sodium Dinner Ideas

Dinnertime gives you an opportunity to start winding down for the day. So, why not enjoy a satisfying low-sodium meal? 

Baked Salmon with Dill

Baked salmon with dill is a simple, heart-healthy meal that’s full of flavor. To get started, you’ll need:

  • 1 lb. salmon filet
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 lemon, sliced

Then, you just have to:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place the salmon filet on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Drizzle the salmon with olive oil and season it with black pepper.
  4. Generously sprinkle freshly chopped dill over the salmon.
  5. Arrange lemon slices on top of the salmon for extra flavor.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15–20 minutes or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork.

This dish pairs perfectly with a side of steamed vegetables or a fresh salad for a wholesome, low-sodium dinner. 

Shrimp & Broccoli Stir Fry

A nice stir fry can be a fast, flavorful meal that’s packed with important nutrients. You’ll need:

  • Some raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (optional, for thickening the sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Once you’ve got everything gathered, it’s time to:

  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant.
  2. Add the shrimp and cook until they turn pink, about 4–5 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set them aside.
  3. In the same pan, add the broccoli and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the low-sodium soy sauce, cornstarch, water, and black pepper. Stir until the cornstarch is fully dissolved.
  5. Return the cooked shrimp to the pan with the broccoli. Pour the sauce over the top and stir well to combine.
  6. Cook for an additional 2–3 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
  7. Serve hot!

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Healthy Senior Living

Maintaining a healthy diet is an important part of senior living. By making small changes and incorporating nutritious ingredients into your meals, you can support your overall well-being and enjoy delicious flavors. And if you’re looking for a community that loves to provide delicious chef-prepared meals, we can help!

At Bellevue Village at Woodstock, our residents enjoy a distinctive dining experience with quality meals made to help them live happy, healthy lives. Schedule a visit today to see for yourself!

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