Nutrition for Seniors

Nutrition for Seniors

 

Malnutrition is a serious problem with our senior population. For many seniors, convenience can take priority over nutrition, so it’s easy to wander to the frozen food section for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But we must show our seniors how important it is to eat clean, healthy and nutritious foods well into their third act of life!

 

Go grocery shopping with the seniors in your life and review the sections they should be visiting regularly:

 

PRODUCE

 

Arguably the most important section of all, seniors should be purchasing the deepest colors of red, green and yellow. Berries in particular are full of antioxidants and as for greens, the frozen section is just as good as the fresh. Think spinach, swiss chard and sprouts — yum!

 

WHOLE GRAINS

 

Whole grains are jam-packed with fiber which works wonders for a senior’s digestive system. Oatmeal, whole-wheat pasta and whole-wheat breads are great options. And don’t forget about quinoa which is a fantastic resource for protein, another important element to a senior’s healthy diet.

 

DAIRY

 

There’s a lot of arguments about what kind of dairy adults need, but seniors can benefit greatly from sources of dairy! It has tons of calcium which is great for a senior’s bone structure, keeping it strong! Stick to low-fat or nonfat milk, cheese and yogurt. And yes, ice cream does have dairy but use sparingly to stay as healthy as possible.

 

MEAT AND FISH

 

If the seniors in your life eat meat, encourage them to choose as lean a cut as possible — lay off the red! Plus there are so many alternatives for getting protein including dairy, legumes, nuts and of course, fish! Salmon is a great choice because it’s just as nutritious as it is flavorful. If cooking fish at home eludes you or your senior, why not opt for fish when dining out?

 

The bottom line is that nutritious, whole foods should not leave us as we age. In fact, it is more important than ever for brain health, a strong body and longevity!

 

Peace, Love, Grace and Namasgar,

 

Gar

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