Is eating three meals a day important?
In a word YES!
Missing meals on a regular basis can lead to poor nutrition, muscle and weight loss.
If eating three main meals a day is difficult to manage, then it does mean
that snacks throughout the day really need to be nutritious and full of protein.
Nutritious snacks should be offered to older people who:
• regularly miss meals
• eat only very small meals or
• prefer to pick throughout the day
• always have a poor appetite or have lost their appetite
• are eating less than they usually do
• have lost weight
• are bedridden
Good snacks include:
Enriched milk, cheese, yoghurt, custard, fruit smoothies, breakfast drinks such as ‘Up and Go™’, fruit buns, fruit bread, fruit cake, finger buns, sandwiches, toast, muffins, scones, pikelets, crumpets, hearty soup, spaghetti, baked beans, even a bowl of breakfast cereal