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Top 11 Energy Foods for Seniors

Resident of Lake Forest Place choosing a healthy snack at the bistro

As we age, prioritizing a nutritious diet becomes increasingly vital for our overall health and well-being.

While healthy snacking can be beneficial for supplementing nutrients, it’s crucial to select foods that offer more than just flavor—they should also provide the essential vitamins, minerals, and energy needed to sustain us throughout the day.

If you’re seeking energy-boosting foods, you’re in the right place. Here are our top eleven picks for energy foods for seniors that will support your vitality and well-being:

A healthy salad containing fresh fruits and vegetables

1. Fresh Fruits

Nature’s candy, fruits like berries, bananas, apples, and melons, are delicious and packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber to support brain health and bone density.

2.Vegetable Sticks

Crunchy and nutritious, vegetable sticks such as carrots, celery, cucumbers, and bell peppers are perfect for snacking. Pair them with hummus or yogurt dip for added protein and flavor. They are easy to prepare and digest, making them suitable for older adults on a soft food diet.

3. Nuts and Seeds

Energize your day with nuts and seeds. Almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds are excellent sources of healthy fats, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, making them high-energy snacks. Opt for unsalted varieties for a heart-healthy snack option that supports brain health.

4. Greek Yogurt

Rich in protein and calcium, plain Greek yogurt is a creamy and satisfying snack choice. Top it with fresh berries, nuts, or honey for added flavor and energy. It’s nutrient-rich and easy to digest.

5. Cheese Slices or String Cheese

Cheese provides calcium and protein, making it another great snack option to support bone density. Choose low-fat varieties if watching cholesterol levels.

6. Whole Grain Crackers

Look for crackers made with whole grains and low in sodium. Pair them with cheese or nut butter for a satisfying and nutrient-rich snack that supports brain health.

7. Fruit Smoothies

Blend together fruits, leafy greens, yogurt, and a protein source like protein powder or nut butter to create a delicious and nutrient-packed snack. This is an easy way to get your fruits and vegetables all in one. Smoothies are another great option for those on a soft food diet.

8. Hard-Boiled Eggs

Eggs are a great source of protein and vitamins. Hard-boiled eggs make a convenient and filling snack option, providing essential nutrients for brain health and bone density.

9. Homemade Trail Mix

Mix together nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and whole grain cereal for a customizable snack that provides energy and nutrients. It’s nutrient-rich and easy to prepare, making it a great food choice. You have more control over the nutrients when you make your own trail mix as opposed to buying store-bought trail mix.

10. Nut Butter on Whole Grain Toast

Spread almond or natural peanut butter on whole grain bread for a tasty snack rich in protein, a great source of fiber, and full of healthy fats. It supports brain health and provides essential nutrients.

11. Cottage Cheese With Fruit

​​Energize your day with cottage cheese with fruit! Packed with protein and calcium, cottage cheese is perfect for increasing your energy levels and supporting bone health. Pair it with fresh or canned fruit for a delightful and nutritious snack that’s quick to prepare and easy to digest.

Remember to consider any dietary restrictions or health conditions when selecting snacks, and consult with a healthcare professional or dietitian for personalized recommendations.

With these top eleven energy foods, you can enjoy delicious and nutritious options that support your overall health and well-being.

A chef at Lake Forest Place preparing a delicious meal for the residents

Enjoy Healthy Snacks and More at Lake Forest Place

At Lake Forest Place, we offer two inviting spots for healthy snacking: The Hamilton Bistro and Nevins Pub.

The Hamilton Bistro serves up fast-casual dishes made with fresh, local ingredients. Enjoy salads, grain bowls, smoothies, and sandwiches—all nutritious and convenient.

At Nevins Pub, relax in a cozy atmosphere and savor small-plate appetizers like vegetable crudités and bruschetta. Pair your food with herbal tea or a mocktail for a delightful experience.

Our Executive Chef and culinary team strive to make each meal delicious and also look for ways to add flair to your dining experience.

Themed dinners feature dishes from around the world or celebrate notable dates. We host dinner parties and cocktail hours with dancing on the patio.

And if you’re lucky, you’ll be among the first to sign up for our Chef’s Table events, where you can sample exceptionally fine cuisine along with wine pairings and tableside demonstrations.

You can always look forward to delicious, freshly cooked meals to give you the energy you need to feel strong and ready for each day in our community.

There’s always something interesting happening at Lake Forest Place. Call 847-423-6679 to schedule a tour of our community and learn more about the dining experience at Lake Forest Place today.