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Delicious And Nutritious Healthy Christmas Meals For Seniors

Updated on November 30, 2015

Christmas Breakfast

The glowing winter skies brighten as the sun continues to rise, and you start to stir from beneath the cozy covers-- Christmas morning is here!

While many Americans wake up to sweet aromas floating from the kitchen and greasy plates of bacon and 'cakes awaiting them at the table before hours of opening gifts, still others wake up with the understanding that THEY'RE the ones tasked with feeding their guests.

If you represent one of the many Americans who will be preparing breakfast this Christmas for all in attendance at your home, it's important to understand that some of the seniors present probably have certain dietary restrictions and/or modifications that you should take into account while you're preparing your delicious dish for all to enjoy.

Take a look below at one of the best breakfast options for elders (and really the entire family) that's both quick and easy this Christmas:

Oatmeal Muffins

Normal sugary muffins are not nearly as healthy as they are tasty-- which presents a primary problem for diabetic elders in attendance. Instead, use plain, rolled oats and season them with flavors like cinnamon and nutmeg to give them a sweet Christmas aroma. Include water to the oats until it's thick, and perhaps sprinkle fruit on the top for a natural sweet flavor once it's finished baking.

Calorie Count: An oatmeal muffin that includes 1/4 cup of rolled oats and half of a strawberry has only 90 calories and 1.2 grams of fat.
Calorie Count: An oatmeal muffin that includes 1/4 cup of rolled oats and half of a strawberry has only 90 calories and 1.2 grams of fat.

Christmas Lunch

If you've managed to have a (somewhat) light Christmas breakfast-- light enough to feel hungry by the time lunch rolls around, at least-- then it's as good a time as any to continue the battle against the bulge.

If you didn't even realize that "healthy lunch options" were possible on Christmas (neither did we!), then check out the delicious and nutritious lunch recipe below that will fill you up-- without filling you out!

Cornbread Casserole (With Kale)

This satisfying casserole is very adaptable to other veggies, and is as insatiable as it is hearty so that your tummy stays satisfied until dinner rolls around. What you'll need for ingredients includes:

  • Creamed corn
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 finely chopped medium onion
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Two 16-ounce bags thawed frozen corn
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 5 ounces frozen kale (or 1 3/4 cups)

This tasty lunch will provide you with just the right amount of energy until dinnertime, while still being able to satisfy your holiday tongue!

Total Time: 1 hr 25 min (Prep: 10 min Inactive: 15 min Cook: 1 hr)
Total Time: 1 hr 25 min (Prep: 10 min Inactive: 15 min Cook: 1 hr)

Christmas Dinner

As Christmas draws to a close, there's one final event that you can get giddy about before the day is done: dinnertime! That being said, if you have elders with you for the holiday festivities, it's important to still have them in mind for this final supper-- after all, many seniors have specific dietary restrictions that make certain popular holiday dinner foods an unwise option for consumption.

Take a look at the Christmas dinner choice that will have you remembering Thanksgiving dinner in the process-- but feeling much less stuffed after!

Create an unforgettable holiday meal with one of our impressive and incredibly tasty mains, which range from beautifully browned turkeys to pork loin and roasted chicken.

Moroccan-Spiced Turkey With Aromatic Orange Pan Jus

This delicious dinner option will have young and old craving seconds-- and not feeling bad about it, either! This turkey offers a fragrant spice rub that infuses it with a subtle and savory Middle Eastern flavor, despite having such passionate American roots-- so indulge, and close out Christmas with a taste of the holidays!

Ingredients For Morrocan-Spiced Turkey With Aromatic Orange Pan Jus

  • 1 (12-pound) fresh or frozen thawed turkey
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 5/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 medium chopped onions
  • 2 chopped celery stalks
  • 2 chopped carrots
  • 2 cups unsalted chicken
  • 3/4 cup dry sherry
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup orange juice

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    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      A simple meal is good for seniors since their digestive system are weak