Nutrition Insight

Putting it into Practice

Monday, January 26, 2015

Nourishing menus for the elderly.

Recipes based on protein rich staples or ingredients higher in protein simplify the creation of nourishing menus for the elderly.


Making every bite count

Appetites are often small in the over 70’s so it’s important to make every bite count. Replace low protein, low kilojoule foods or fortify them with higher protein ingredients so they can make a more valuable contribution to your residents daily nutrition needs.


What does it look like?

The days menu below provides around 80g of protein over three meals, timing valuable amounts of protein at all meals across the day. It’s important to note that a hot, protein-rich breakfast is pivotal to achieving the day’s protein goal.



Eggs (2) on toast 

Putting it into Practice

Glass milk 


LUNCH (26g) 

Meat based soup

Cheese sandwich

Milk based dessert


DINNER (27g)

Meat based main (65g meat)

Mashed potato

Vegetables Milk based dessert


What’s in a name?

Protein content claims on packaged foods and ingredients can be used to guide higher protein options on your menus. Food standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) regulate how the protein content of foods or ingredients can be described based upon how much protein they contain.


ClaimProtein per serve
Contains protein, Source of proteinAt least 5g
Good source of protein. High in proteinAt least 10g
Protein increased, Increased in protein, Higher in proteinAt least 5g of protein and 25% or more protein than the reference food



  1. FSANZ. Australia and New Zealand Food Standards Code Standard 1.2.7 Nutrition, Health and Related Claims. March 2016