Finger Foods

Finger foods are sometimes easier to manage for some older persons than a big meal.

Larger portioned plates can sometimes be overwhelming so keeping foods simple and manageable may help. Consider bite-sized foods that can easily be picked up. You can involve your older family member or friend in helping to make the following meals and snacks. Of course, consider their dietary needs and food restrictions.

mandarin oranges in a bowl

  • Finger sandwiches or “tea” sandwiches-Make a whole sandwich and cut into fourths
  • Chicken nuggets with dipping sauce
  • Wrap-Make with sandwich fixings in a tortilla. Roll and cut wrap into 1-1½ inch bites.
  • Celery sticks and peanut butter-cut celery into bite-sized portions and spread peanut butter in the groove
  • Fruit and fruit dip-cut fruit into smaller portions and eat with or without fruit dip such as yogurt
  • Vegetables and dips-cut veggies bite-sized and have with a favorite dip
  • Pretzels or chips
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Granola bars-break into smaller pieces
  • Toast-can be cut into fourths
  • Dry cereal


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