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Senior Citizen Iron Rich Food recipes


Last Updated : Oct 19,2019



वरिष्ठ नागरिक लोह युक्त - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Senior Citizen Iron Rich Food recipes in Hindi)
વરિષ્ઠ નાગરિકો માટે આયર્ન થી ભરપૂર રેસિપિ - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Senior Citizen Iron Rich Food recipes in Gujarati)

Iron Rich Recipes, Food for Senior Citizens

Iron is a key nutrient to build the hemoglobin in the red blood cells (RBC) of the blood. This nutrient is necessary for the supply of oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body. A deficiency of iron can lead to anemia in many senior citizens which make them end up feeling tired, weakens the immune system and causes issues with cognitive function.

How to increase your Red Blood Cell (RBC) count?Red Blood Cell (RBC)

Due to this reason, it is of utmost importance to consume a diet rich in iron to help prevent anemia and its related symptoms. With increasing age, acid production in the stomach decreases which leads to low absorption of iron. Therefore it becomes even more important to have iron rich sources included in your diet in every meal including breakfast, lunch and dinner and mid meals throughout the day.

Moong Sprouts and Bajra PessaruttuMoong Sprouts and Bajra Pessaruttu

With increasing age, certain other inevitable alterations are often seen in elderly people. These may be chewing problems, low absorption, poor digestion and stomach upset which may also be accompanied with diseases like diabetes or heart disease. The diet then becomes all the more an important factor for senior citizens. 

Shared herewith are some foods which contain plenty of iron and can help senior citizens to help you stay away from anemia or overcome it. 

1. Iron Rich Green Leafy Vegetables for Senior Citizens : Greens are known as the super ingredients which support cellular health. These fill our diet with minor nutrients like iron, calcium, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins and lot many. Green leafy vegetables also abound in antioxidants which help to ward off the harmful free radicals from the body. They reduce the inflammation in the body and keep you away from chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer

Jowar Palak AppeJowar Palak Appe

Spinach, fenugreek leaves, mint, coriander and lettuce are some of the common green veggies which we all explore in a different way. Spinach Mushroom Subzi and Methi Leaves Sambhar are simple day-to-day recipes which will not take a toll on chewing as well. With 3.4 mg and 1.3 mg of iron respectively, these delicacies will definitely help you build hemoglobin levels. 

In this section we have shared a few recipes with some uncommon veggies like amaranth leaves and cauliflower leaves. Try soft and luscious Cauliflower Greens and Besan Muthia (5.1 mg iron / serving) or tempting green coloured Chawli Leaves (amaranth leaves) Parota (1.4 mg / parota). So next time do not discard the cauliflower greens and pick chawli leaves from the market. Remember that greens stay fresh and the best for 2 days, so use them within this time period. 

Cauliflower Greens and Besan MuthiaCauliflower Greens and Besan Muthia

2. Healthy Iron Rich Cereals and their Flours for Senior Citizens Bajrajowar and ragi (nachni) are a few cereals which are brimming with iron. It is always a wise decision, to switch on from wheat flour to other cereals at least twice or thrice a week. Explore them in their whole form and as their flours too. Though whole cereals may sound difficult to chew at this age, but do not despair. We have some options which are soft and easy to chew like Mini Bajra Onion Uttapa. The whole bajra in this recipe soaked, pressure cooked, blended and then used to make yummy uttapas. Bajra Whole Moong and Green Pea Khichdi is another semi-soft option which is rich in iron and easy to chew for senior citizens. With 2 mg iron per serving, this serves as a great one dish meals for dinner. 

Mini Bajra Onion Uttapa

Mini Bajra Onion Uttapa

And if you want to cook with the flours, we have umpteen options as well. Try the famous South Indian breakfast with a twist in the form of Jowar Upma (1.8 mg iron / serving) or the staple roti in the form of Ragi Roti (1 mg / roti). If you have extreme problem with chewing, then do not opt for this Ragi Roti though. 

3. Wholesome Iron Rich Nuts for Senior Citizens : Of course chewing dry nuts is a challenge for most senior citizens because of teeth and jaw problems. But some nuts like almonds and walnuts are a good source of iron and should not be given up. Finely chop or powder them and create your own ways of cooking them. Date and Walnut Balls is a classic example of this.

Date and Walnut Balls

Date and Walnut Balls

You can also try making Almond Milk as a variation. This is one of the simplest way of topping up on your iron levels without any chewing.

4. Nourishing Iron Rich Seeds for Senior Citizen : Sesame seeds and garden cress seeds are 2 iron packed seeds. Again if chewing is the major hurdle of senior citizens, then rely on the powder of sesame seeds. Add a tsp of sesame powder while kneading the flour for roti. It’s one of the easiest way to consume iron packed sesame seeds in its disguised form. Alternatively you can make Date and Sesame Puranpoli occasionally when you have time on hand. Each puranpoli provides 2.3 mg of iron which is approx. 10% of your daily iron intake. 

Date and Sesame Puranpoli

Date and Sesame Puranpoli

Halim Drink is another iron rich delicacy you can rely on. The garden cress seeds are soaked, so they absorb water, swell and soften. This makes them easier to chew. Freshly squeezed vitamin C rich lemon juice in this concoction, helps in the absorption of iron further. If you are highly anemic and have been advised an iron rich diet, do try this drink for a month at least thrice a week and look out for those increased hemoglobin levels.  

Other ways to enhance the absorption of iron in your diet is to squeeze lemon juice on subzis, dals etc. This is very easy to follow and needs no extra shopping of planning too. Also remember when you are targeting to eat iron rich foods, avoid tea and coffee as they hinder iron absorption. 

5Iron Rich Sprouts for Senior Citizens : Sprouts are called the ‘living foods’ and “Nature’s boon to mankind’. They abound in many nutrients. These nutrients remain latent until germination. The process of sprouting activates all the nutrients and make them easily available. Sprouts can be interesting depending on the way you cook them. Explore with a variety of them like moong, rajma (kidney beans), chawli, chickpeas, matki etc.

Sprouts and Palak IdliSprouts and Palak Idli

We understand that chewing sprouts after the age of 60-70 isn’t an easy job. Transform these healthy germinated seeds into soft foods that are easy to chew like Sprouts Dhokla and Sprouts and Palak Idli or you can cook something more interesting like Sprouts Tikki. Learn the process of Sprouting in detail.

Soup is another easy way of consuming sprouts in your diet. Use them in purée form like we have done in the recipe of Mixed Sprouts Soup. It’s filling, it’s iron rich (1.5 mg iron / serving) and adds a good quantum of protein to strengthen your bones as well.  

Mixed Sprouts SoupMixed Sprouts Soup

Start giving a healthy twist to your daily fare by way of these iron rich recipes. 

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Recipe# 40984
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Jowar Upma
Recipe# 39749
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Ready in a jiffy, Jowar Upma is a healthy snack you can whip up for breakfast, supper, or just any time of the day. A much healthier alternative to the traditional rava based upma, the Jowar Upma is made by replacing a large quantity of the refined semolina with fibre and iron rich jowar and green p ....
Anjeer and Mixed Nut Barfi
Recipe# 5716
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Mini Bajra Onion Uttapa
Recipe# 39894
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by Tarla Dalal
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Halim Ladoo,  Halim Laddu
Recipe# 39650
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by Tarla Dalal
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Almond Sheera
Recipe# 30848
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Muesli (  Healthy Breakfast)
Recipe# 4658
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by Tarla Dalal
Muesli is a balanced combination of cereals, dry fruits and fresh fruits. It is a complete breakfast by itself as it contains a good dose of protein, calcium, iron, fibre, vitamins and antioxidants. You can mix up all the dry ingredients and stock it in an air-tight container, so you just need to ad ....
Sprouts Dhokla
Recipe# 39007
09 Oct 19

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Cauliflower Greens and Besan Muthia
Recipe# 41007
09 Oct 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
How often we find ourselves picking lush cauliflowers at the market, only to quickly discard the greens and stow the cauliflower head alone into the fridge! Well, this recipe will help you discover the goodness of this often unused part of the cauliflower. The greens are a great source of iron ....
Besan Paratha, Zero Oil Besan Paratha
Recipe# 22222
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 by Tarla Dalal
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Palak Kofta Rice
Recipe# 39667
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 by Tarla Dalal
Koftas add zing to the zero oil palak rice. Try making these soft and tasty koftas with low-fat paneer and palak. Not only palak, but low-fat paneer is also a health booster as it contains protein, calcium and vitamin A. Steaming the koftas instead of deep-frying not only slashes down the fat conten ....
Date and Sesame Puranpoli
Recipe# 5714
09 Oct 19

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by Tarla Dalal
Sweet, delicious and nutritious too – that’s a rare combination, isn’t it? Well, it all features in the Date and Sesame Puranpoli, a traditional treat loaded with the goodness of iron from dates and sesame seeds. It wins over hearts with its nutty taste and rich aroma of til, and is so satiating tha ....
Spinach Mushroom Sabzi, Palak Mushroom Recipe
Recipe# 41220
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 by Tarla Dalal
The Spinach Mushroom Subzi is a luxuriant dish that vibrates with the effect of spices, whole and ground. The contrasting textures of mushrooms and spinach make the subzi a delight to chew while the addition of fresh cream gives it a lusciously rich mouth-feel. You must take care not to over-coo ....
Paneer Palak Koftas in Makhani Gravy
Recipe# 3565
02 Jan 19

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Ragi Roti (  Gluten Free Recipe)
Recipe# 38627
13 Mar 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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Cauliflower Greens Pitla
Recipe# 39643
09 Oct 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Cauliflower greens have a crunchy texture and fresh flavour that lends itself very well to this unique pitla. While you might frequently prepare methi or plain besan pitla, adding iron-rich cauliflower greens to the preparation adds to the iron and vitamin C content of besan. Cauliflower Gr ....
Mixed Sprouts and Palak Subzi
Recipe# 41219
13 Jun 11

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
The very sight of assorted sprouts is appetizing. Of different sizes, shapes and colours, the sprouted beans tempt you to grab a spoon without any delay! In this mouth-watering recipe, the sprouts are combined with spinach, onions and tomatoes, and jazzily flavoured with pav bhaji masala. Even w ....
Spinach and Chick Pea Soup
Recipe# 39143
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by Tarla Dalal
Just what you need for a full-fledged day! Iron-rich spinach and chick pea come together in a flavoursome soup cooked in vegetable stock. A thoughtful addition of herbs and spices along with lemon juice ensures added aroma as well as full nutrient absorption, as iron needs to be complemented with vi ....
Chola Dal Pudla
Recipe# 569
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 by Tarla Dalal
A traditional Gujarati dish, Chola Dal Pudla is a scrumptious pancake made of a batter of soaked and ground chola dal fortified with chopped fenugreek leaves and other common flavour enhancing ingredients. You will find these succulent, crisp pancakes to be filling and tasty, even better than the qu ....
Tendli Aur Matki Subzi
Recipe# 6422
19 Oct 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Whole Masoor and Chawli Soup
Recipe# 39373
25 Jun 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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Methi Leaves Sambhar
Recipe# 5708
14 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Sambhar is a dish that is synonymous with South Indian cooking. As it is, sambhar is very nutritious as it combines toovar dal with an assortment of vegetables. While vegetables like red pumpkin, drumsticks and bottle gourd all contribute to the nutrient content of this recipe, the bumper iron top-u ....
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Recipe# 42608
09 Oct 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Let's give our favourite Bengali snack an awesomely healthy makeover. Parota is a famous Bengali snack, which is usually made with maida. Here we have made it with whole wheat flour for a guilt free experience, an ....
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