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Senior Citizen Easy to Swallow recipes


Last Updated : Dec 20,2017



Easy to swallow foods are those that require little to no chewing. This is beneficial for the elderly who have trouble chewing food due to lack of teeth and this may lead to many nutrient deficiencies which can be detrimental to their health.

Foods can be made soft by grinding, grating, stewing and mashing them to make it easier to swallow. Tougher foods can be swallowed easily if they are boiled or steamed.

These are a few tips that are beneficial for the elderly who have trouble swallowing food.
Kickstart your day with healthy breakfast such as oats porridge, upma, which are packed with protein and carbohydrates. Jowar Ragi and Date Porridge is a great breakfast option.
· Try to include moisture containing foods such as clear soups, broths and stews can be readily swallowed without issues. Low Calorie Spinach Soup and Carrot Soup Gajar Soup Recipe are a few picks to have for a light dinner or as an in between snack.
Add fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet such as bananas, avocados, chopped melon, ripe peaches and berries which can be blended to make smoothies and juices. Choose juices which are prepared without added sugar. Papaya Pear and Yoghurt Smoothie are healthy smoothie options which can be prepared from greek yogurt or hung curds.
Load up on vegetables like carrot, tomatoes or pumpkin which can be easily boiled, mashed or ground. They are nutrient dense as well as high in fiber.
Most of dairy products are easy to swallow such as milk, curd, yoghurt, buttermilk and cheese. Choose low-fat options if you are trying to shed those extra pounds.
Eat smaller and frequent meals and snacks which are nutrient dense instead of 3 larger ones.

Foods to avoid if you have trouble swallowing food.

Limit consumption of raw vegetables and tough to chew fruits with thick skin such as apples, pineapple, dried fruit, corn kernels, etc the fiber can get stuck in the throat and may cause you to choke if not chewed well.
Foods such as plain biscuits, papad, chakli, chikki, bread sticks should be avoided completely.
Completely eliminate crispy and fried food from your diet like potato chips, wafers, chivdas..

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Bajra, Whole Moong and Green Pea Khichdi
Recipe# 39646
05 Nov 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
You must have heard of Bajra Khichdi, a famous Rajasthani delicacy. While that is a wholesome dish, here is something even more nourishing, fortified with more healthy stuff like whole moong, green peas and tomatoes. These not only add more crunch and tang to the khichdi, but also add more fibre, ir ....
Chaas, Buttermilk Recipe, Salted Chaas Recipe
Recipe# 542
14 Jun 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Ummmmm. . . No one can stop with just one glass of this tantalising version of buttermilk. Of the many spices combined thoughtfully in this refreshing drink, cumin seed powder reserves a special place. Serve chilled chaas on hot summer afternoons and watch your family’s energy levels rise inst ....
Beet Treat, Carrot Beet and Apple Juice
Recipe# 6201
31 Aug 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Kick start your day with this energy boosting treat. Rich in flavour and nutrients, it satisfies aesthetic as well as nutritional demands. The Beet Treat is high in carbohydrates as it contains beetroot, which is the richest source of natural sugars. Apples give this juice good body thus making ....
Low Calorie Spinach Soup
Recipe# 4057
27 Mar 18

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by Tarla Dalal
You will thoroughly enjoy this nutrient-dense, easy-to-prepare spinach soup. Cooking it with low-fat milk gives it a lovely emerald green colour, which together with the aroma of sautéed onions and garlic, makes this soup irresistible! This soup is especially recommended for all the weight-conscious ....
Spinach and Mint Juice ( Healthy Juice)
Recipe# 6227
08 Aug 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Here is a cool and healthy cleanser to start your day with. The lemon in this dark green juice helps to retain the colour and enhance the absorption of iron in it. The greens and the jal jeera powder together are ideal for stimulating the digestive system and replacing the lost minerals. Digest ....
Gehun ki Bikaneri Khichdi ( Diabetic Recipe)
Recipe# 7469
12 Apr 15

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 by Tarla Dalal
Inspired by heart-warming Rajasthani Cuisine, Gehun ki Bikaneri Khichdi is a whole wheat khichdi that is sumptuous and tasty enough to make a complete meal. Replacing rice with whole wheat enhances the fibre and iron content of this recipe, while the use of equal amounts of ghee and oil gives it a t ....
Homemade Strained Orange Juice
Recipe# 42298
16 Apr 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
If you can’t have the whole fruit, the next best option is to have homemade juice. Plain orange juice, which has been strained to remove the fibre, is a boon for those on a clear liquid diet. Homemade Strained Orange Juice helps to maintain electrolyte balance after a surgery. It is also goo ....
Vegetable Broth with Yeast Marmite, Vitamin Broth
Recipe# 2119
31 May 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Time to warm your soul and rejuvenate your body with this wholesome, vitamin-loaded Vegetable Broth with Yeast Marmite. A delight to behold and a pleasure to sip on, this healthy broth is chock-full of nutrients from assorted veggies. The yeast extract gives a nice taste and vitamin B to the bro ....
Jowar Ragi and Date Porridge  ( Baby and Toddler)
Recipe# 38841
17 Oct 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
A combination of two super grains, flavoured with deliciously sweet and iron-rich dates, the Jowar, Ragi and Date Porridge is a wholesome food that will keep your child satiated and active for at least a couple of hours. Rich in essential nutrients like iron, protein, calcium and fibre, this p ....
Papaya Pear and Yoghurt Smoothie
Recipe# 41601
19 Oct 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
A mellow combination of fruits makes this a pleasant and soothing smoothie that will rejuvenate you on even the worst of days. Both pear and papaya are easily available fruits, so you can make this any time. Curd gives the smoothie a nice tang, while papaya gives it a vibrant colour and volume. ....
Avocado Spinach Pear Smoothie, Healthy Smoothie
Recipe# 41594
11 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This a jolly good way to enjoy your avocados! A smashing combo of avocadoes with spinach, pear and apples, this smoothie has a well-balanced flavour and a nice, creamy mouth-feel. It is filling and tasty and sure to go down well with all age groups. Make sure you use ripe avocadoes to make the A ....
Carrot Soup, Gajar Soup Recipe
Recipe# 1340
17 Jul 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
This mildly-flavoured zero oil Carrot Soup is an ideal start to a light dinner. Carrots have a large amount of vitamin A, an excellent antioxidant that cleanses your body of free-radicals. Prepared with low-fat milk, this soup features surprisingl ....
Palak Kadhi
Recipe# 22178
30 Oct 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Ever thought of making kadhi with an infusion of palak? Sounds strange, but tastes and looks very interesting. Palak purée and green paste imparts flavouir along with a bright green colour and vitamin A to the dish. You can skip the garlic if you do not like its flavour. Serve with a bowl of brown r ....
Mango and Pineapple Smoothie
Recipe# 690
29 Sep 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
This easy smoothie can be prepared instantly by combining mango and pineapple with bananas. We advice using readymade juices for this smoothie, as you can rest assured it will not end up sour or watery. If you prefer to use fresh fruits, you will have to vary the quantity of sugar accordingly. Don’t ....
Calcium Booster, Carrot Beetroot Parsley and Celery Juice
Recipe# 6229
11 Jan 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Bones form the framework your body rests on… and this drink will make sure they remain healthy and strong forever! This Carrot Beetroot Parsley and Celery Juice is not only rich in calcium but also provides a treasure trove of other nutrients like vitamin C and folic acid. Carrots make sweet ju ....
Whole Masoor and Chawli Soup
Recipe# 39373
27 Mar 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Tired of making run-of-the-mill soups with dal and vegetables? Here is an off-beat option prepared with Iron rich wholemasoor and chawli. Chawli is an extremely healthy iron rich green leafy vegetable but most people wonder how to prepare it such that it appeals to the whole family. This is a good w ....
Banana Mash ( Baby and Toddler)
Recipe# 40465
17 Oct 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Banana is one fruit which most paediatricians recommend to start with. Mash the banana with a fork nicely so as to ensure there are no lumps. This recipe requires two teaspoons of milk to get a smooth consistency and to avoid the banana being too thick and difficult to swallow. However, paedia ....
Avocado Mash ( Baby and Toddler)
Recipe# 40470
17 Oct 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
It is amazing how children develop a fondness for creamy things right from when they are weaned! But, wait – none of that artificial, sugary, creamy stuff! Just a little bit of mashed avocado, with its buttery, creamy taste will satisfy your little one in the more natural and tasty way. This e ....
Dal and Vegetable Mash ( Baby and Toddler )
Recipe# 3056
17 Oct 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Dal, which is rich in energy and proteins, is a good supplementary meal to meet the increased demands of your baby. It also provides a good base to which you can add other ingredients that you wish to introduce to your baby’s diet, including veggies like carrot and beans. Begin with a simple d ....
Gujarati Suva Kadhi
Recipe# 4815
14 Jun 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A homely preparation made using chopped dill leaves, besan, curds and other flavour enhancers, one portion of the Gujarati Suva Kadhi is good enough to provide a quarter of a day’s calcium requirement. Curd is an excellent source of calcium, and when you combine it with dill leaves, it gets even ric ....
Buckwheat, Moong and Vegetable Khichdi
Recipe# 3506
20 Aug 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Khichdi is light for the stomach, yet filling and nourishing. They often say soup is good for the soul, but I would say, "Khichdi is good for my soul". The aroma of this khichdi is irresistible, as it has been cooked with the aromatic spices. Buckwheat is commonly called as kutto or kutti no daro. T ....
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