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Snack ideas for a senior citizen

Updated on August 1, 2014
My 95 year old Mom loves to lick the bowls when I make snack sized oatmeal raisin cookies.
My 95 year old Mom loves to lick the bowls when I make snack sized oatmeal raisin cookies. | Source

Making snacks for senior citizens

I am my 95 year old Mom's full time caregiver so I'm well versed in making snacks for senior citizens. At 95, Mom is on an appetite enhancer so she is always hungry - I make at least 5 small snacks a day. Since variety is the spice of life (and the way to keep a senior citizen snack-happy), I've gotten pretty creative with making snacks for her. I'm hoping you'll get some good ideas from this article. Please leave me comments at the bottom and any suggestions you may have for making snacks for senior citizens.

And to see more of my ramblings about 95 year old Mom come visit my blog: Travels (or lack thereof) with Gertie. If you're looking for something good to watch on tv, come visit my blog: Good Movies for Senior Citizens where Mom rates movies in "arthritic fingers up."

Mom is the happy recipient of every dessert shooter I come up with.
Mom is the happy recipient of every dessert shooter I come up with. | Source
My littlest dog, Gizmo, hitches a ride from Mom.
My littlest dog, Gizmo, hitches a ride from Mom. | Source

Dessert shooters snack ideas for senior citizens

My Mom quickly bores of the same old snacks so I've gotten pretty good at coming up with creative snack ideas, like dessert shooters - mini desserts served in shot glasses. In fact, I've gotten so good at creating dessert shooters, I have my own website: Please come visit and see additional dessert shooter ideas.

Here's a few ideas though to get you started making dessert shooters for the elderly:

Note: The best dessert shooters contain different textures; this makes them more interesting than just mushy desserts.

  1. Berry berry good dessert shooter: Cut a pound cake in small squares (freeze the leftovers for future dessert shooters). Add some graham cracker crumbs to the bottom of a 2-5 ounce glass. Add in 5 or 6 cubes of pound cake and top with fresh sliced strawberries, raspberries or blueberries. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs. If you have more room in the dessert shooter glass, add another layer of all 4 ingredients. Finish with a sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs and a cherry on top.
  2. Oatmeal raisin dessert shooter: Crumble an oatmeal raisin cookie and add a small layer to the bottom of the dessert shooter glass. Add in a small amount of vanilla ice cream and squirt a bit of chocolate sauce on top. Add in more oatmeal raisin crumbs, ice cream and top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with additional oatmeal raisin crumbs. Put 5 raisins in the middle of the dessert shooter and serve.

Some things to remember when making snacks for senior citizens

We're at a stage in my Mom's life where I give her anything she want for a snack; we're not as interested in nutrition as we are in keeping her happy. She has no large health issues that prevent her from eating sugar, carbs, etc but make sure you're aware of any dietary restrictions your senior citizen may have. The below are some things I've figured out along my caregiver path:

  1. Cut snacks in small pieces to make it easy to eat and to preserve what teeth there are left. Poor Mom just lost her second tooth the other day. Shoot.
  2. Add textures to make snacks more interesting. For example, add mini marshmallows to jello before it sets or crush oreo cookies in a bit of vanilla ice cream.
  3. Serve snacks in oversize bowls to make it less messy to eat. Use large napkins to cover the lap of your senior citizen to preserve clothing.
  4. Keep small sized puddings, ready made jellos or bread puddings in the refrigerator for the quickest snacks.
  5. Whipped cream is always a nice touch so keep a can in the refrigerator. My Mom really likes the new chocolate whipped cream that's on the market.

Even a pancake can be a tasty snack for my Mom. I'm lucky that she's so easy!
Even a pancake can be a tasty snack for my Mom. I'm lucky that she's so easy! | Source

Some snack ideas for senior citizens

The below are some of my Mom's favorite snacks. When presenting snack ideas, I always make sure to give her at least two choices - that way, she gets to make her own choice and is in control of what she gets.

Apples and peanut butter. Make sure to cut the apple pieces in small sections. I also peel the apples as senior citizen digestive systems might not be as functional as those in younger people.

A handful of peanuts. Just a small handful is really all my Mom will want so that's about the easiest snack ever.

Any type of cookie your senior citizen friend prefers. My Mom is a nut for vanilla wafers as they remind her of the cookies of her youth so I always make sure to have at least one box in reserve. Oatmeal raisin cookies are nutritious and delicious so they're always a good option.

Small candies. Two of the smallest snack size candies keeps Mom smiling. Another easy snack. If your senior has sugar-related dietary restrictions, consider some of the wonderful sugar-free candy alternatives. They're really good.

Hard boiled eggs. I always have 2 or 3 ready-to-peel hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator. For an interesting twist to a snack, I'll make egg salad and put it on crackers. Top with a piece of basil and you'll have a happy senior citizen and a healthy senior citizen snack too.

Cottage cheese and fruit. Dole makes a very nice individual cottage cheese with fruit on the size. Mom has a hard time eating out of the container though so I'll mix the two in a larger bowl and serve her half, reserving the other half for the next day.

This dessert shooter totally delghted Mom.
This dessert shooter totally delghted Mom. | Source

Do you have a senior citizen who likes snacks?

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      Melissa Paz Bugarin 4 years ago

      Great ideas!!! Your mom is so cute and she has the best smile ever(:Beautiful pictures of your mom. You have inspired me....thank you for sharing your tasty recipes. God bless you and your beautiful mom.

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      This blog is amazing. I recently started cooking for a few elderly residents locally and this is just brilliant.

      Your Mom is so happy, but who wouldn't be with a daughter as caring as you?! You are an inspiration.

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      tacoma9012 5 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

      Good writer as a good daughter. Thanks for sharing this kind of inspirational stories.

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      rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Wow, these shooters sound and look delicious! This hub brought tiny, happy tears. I love that you are taking photos of her and using them in your writing. Your mom looks happy, how wonderful!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Fabulous ideas! You really are a great daughter!

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Your mom is really cute and your hubs are very informative and helpful to others!

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      good ideas here, very informative - the 'shooters' looked tasty!

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      bell du jour 5 years ago from Ireland

      Wow your Mom looks very very happy, those snacks sure look very tasty :-)

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      Peg 5 years ago

      Great ideas!!

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      Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      Great ideas! I wish I knew about these when I took care of my grandma before she passed on. Wonderful!

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      whizzer 5 years ago from Ireland

      Some nice ideas there. What a great daughter you must be, very heartening.

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