Eating Well

Eating Well


Eating well is important to help older people stay well, independent and living in their own home.

The information on this page is of a general nature. If you have any health concerns or need individualised advice, talk to your GP or an Accredited Practising Dietitian.

Appetite for Life manual

The Appetite for Life manual has a range of simple and practical fact sheets to help older people to eat well.

This video shows services how to use the Appetite for Life manual.

Planning meals

As we get older, changes in taste, appetite and lifestyle can all have negative effects on our nutrition. Planning meals can help with budgeting, time management, ensuring nutrition needs are met, and a variety of food is offered. Here is some information to help individuals, carers and service providers to plan meals for older people.

The five food groups

Unsure how much dairy, fruit or meat is needed each day? This fact sheet will help you to plan meals from the five food groups and gives examples of serve sizes.

What does a day of eating look like?

Eating with Friends

Eating with Friends is a Tasmanian social eating program bringing older people together to share a nutritious meal and make new friends.

National Meal Guidelines: for centre based and home delivered meals

The aim of the National Meal Guidelines is to support CHSP meal providers in offering nutritious meals and gives practical menu planning advice. They help ensure centre based and home delivered meals meet the nutrition needs of older people living at home.

View the National Meal Guidelines

For an accessible version of the National Meal Guidelines, please contact the site administrator www.mealsonwheels.org.au

Menu planning

These menu planning tools can help service providers plan meals based on the five food groups. Choose the tool which best suits your service. The weekly checklist may help to keep track of the number of serves and food groups each meal provides.

For health and community service staff and volunteers

A range of activities and resources to use in your service to help promote eating well for older people.

Activity kits

  • Classifying foods activity kit – this activity kit is a great way to get clients talking about the five food groups. It shows how some foods and drinks can fall into more than one food group. For example, did you know that legumes are both a vegetable and meat alternative?
  • Fluids activity kit – did you know older people need at least eight glasses of fluid a day? But what counts as a fluid? Find out using this activity kit.

Promoting healthy eating throughout the year

This poster can help you plan to include health promotion ideas activities and events throughout the year.

Ways your service can support older people to eat well

These videos provide tips and ideas for your service on how you can support older people to eat well.

These videos share how two Tasmanian services are supporting nutrition for older people.

Newsletter articles

Choose from a range of newsletter articles on eating well for older people. These articles can be copied and pasted into your own service newsletter.

Online training

For more information about eating well, complete the free Nutrition for Older People online training.

Recipes

Fortified milk recipe

In this video, we look at how to make fortified milk. Fortified milk is milk that is stronger by adding extra protein and energy. Fortified milk can be useful if you have lost weight without trying, have a poor appetite or find it hard to eat enough.

Recipe tips:

  • Use fortified milk in place of regular milk.
  • Try adding it to cereal, tea and coffee, milkshakes, soups, mashed potatoes, sauces and desserts.
  • It can be used hot or cold.
  • This fortified milk can be made in bulk and stored in the fridge. Use it before the use by date on the fresh milk.

Banana smoothie recipe

In this video, we look at how we can use fortified milk to make a nourishing smoothie. Nourishing drinks are high in energy and protein. Nourishing drinks can be useful if you have lost weight without trying, have a poor appetite or find it hard to eat enough.

Recipe tips:

  • This smoothie is a good snack option to help increase your energy and protein throughout the day.
  • You can swap the banana for another fruit of your choice.
  • This smoothie can be made in bulk and stored in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Yoghurt bark recipe

In this video, we look at how we can use fortified milk to make a high energy and high protein snack. High protein and high energy snacks can be useful if you have lost weight without trying, have a poor appetite or find it hard to eat large meals.

Recipe tips:

  • This yoghurt bark is a good snack option to help increase your energy and protein throughout the day.
  • You can swap the frozen berries and seeds for toppings of your choice.
  • This yoghurt bark can be made in bulk and stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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