Incorporating More Fruits and Vegetables into Your Diet as You Age
Healthy eating is important at every age, but becomes even more so as you reach your senior years. Replacing processed foods with fresh options in old age ensures that you receive more vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. As you get older, you ought to make a conscious effort to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet.
Check Out the Farmers Market
If you like to buy local or aren’t impressed with your grocery store’s selection or prices, head out to the farmers market to buy some fresh produce that’s locally grown. You may discover some fruits & vegetables that you’ve probably never tried before.
Blend Them In
An easy way to add more produce to your diet is to blend it into foods that you already eat. Mix up a smoothie with freshly frozen fruit and throw in a small handful of kale or spinach for an extra punch of nutrients. Bake some banana or zucchini bread, or blend up onions, carrots, and greens to add to your spaghetti sauce.
Toss Them on Top
If you are making scrambled eggs, add some tomato, onion, mushrooms, green pepper, or spinach for a veggie twist. Add to your bowl of yogurt some fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or banana slices. You can also top your oatmeal, cereal, or pancakes with these healthy fruits.
Spice Things Up
If you do not like the taste of fresh, steamed, or roasted vegetables, you can enhance their flavors by seasoning them with a variety of herbs and spices. You can change up the combinations, and try dipping fresh veggies in hummus or a low-calorie dressing or dip.
Instead of relying on a lot of supplements, try to get your vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from the foods you eat. At Always Best Care, we have the most well-trained and experienced in home caregivers in Contra Costa County who can assist you with meal planning and preparation, along with a wide range of other tasks to help you age in place more safely and comfortably. Contact us today at (925) 210-0323 to learn more and schedule a free consultation.