Five healthy foods to eat as you get older
We’ve all heard the phrase, “you are what you eat." While that’s true, it’s equally as important to remember that what you eat should depend on who you are, especially for seniors.
Here are five great foods to incorporate into your diet:
One of the most important nutrients for seniors is calcium, as it helps to prevent bone fractures and osteoporosis. Drink three 8 oz. cups of milk a day to meet daily recommendations.
Fat isn’t always bad, and avocados are the perfect example. Full of healthy monounsaturated fat and close to 20 health-boosting nutrients, avocados can help lower cholesterol and fight off cardiovascular disease. Even better, they're soft and easy to eat!
Among fruits, blueberries just might be king. Low in calories and high in dietary fiber and Vitamin C, blueberries provide a number of key nutrients for a wholesome senior diet.
While high-quality meat can be a good source of protein for seniors, it’s not advisable to eat all the time. Quinoa, a protein-packed ancient seed, is a great alternative. Oh, and it’s delicious, too!
Besides water, there may be nothing healthier for seniors to drink than green tea. Full of antioxidants that fight cell damage, green tea can help improve blood flow, lower cholesterol and enhance memory.
Everyone has their own tastes and preferences, but these food staples can go a long way in helping seniors meet their nutritional requirements on a day-to-day basis. For seniors who'd rather not worry about what they eat every day, independent senior living may be the answer. At Holiday Retirement, our chefs are committed to creating made-from-scratch meals for our residents that are both delicious and nutritionally healthy.
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