5 Healthy Foods Seniors Should Be Eating
Whether seniors are cooking for themselves or entertaining their social network, healthy food does more than make a satisfying meal: it improves quality of life. Seniors who eat healthy diets can look forward to better memory, more energy, and stronger immune systems than those who don’t. Here are five things to make sure to include on the plates of seniors for their health benefits:
Fish oil – or fish fat – is rich in healthy fatty acids which nourish the brain and give energy to the body. Including fish in a weekly diet may also improve mood and emotional resilience. If fish isn’t desired, other healthy oils can be found in nuts such as walnuts, and in avocados.
Meats like beef and chicken deliver a lot of protein, but the fats from these animals aren’t as healthy as the fats from fish. When you have a meat entree, look for lean cuts and add flavor through other sources, like spices and sauces.
Green vegetables are health powerhouses, but for balanced nutrition, branch out. Antioxidant-rich green spinach, kale, and broccoli can pair with carrots, squash, bell peppers, and other vegetables to offer beauty and many of your vitamins and minerals. And don’t skimp on these: fruits and vegetables should make up half your plate.
Especially important for seniors looking to cut their fat and sugar consumption, fresh fruit can take the place of heavier desserts and can help meet the suggested consumption of eight cups of water a day. Berries such as blueberries are especially high in nutrients – some even call them super foods!
When grains like wheat and rice are milled or polished, much of their nutritive content is taken away. Look for brown rice, whole-grain bread, and other complete grains such as quinoa to get the full health benefits of these foods.
Eating well is important at any age: doubly so in the senior years. At Pari Home Care, we encourage everyone to live their healthiest and happiest lives. If you or a loved one needs assistance cooking healthy meals or other types of in-home care, please call our office at (613) 266-6765 and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation or you can send us an E-mail to email@example.com and one of our staff will contact you.
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