Smart Food Choices for seniors

There is no doubt about it: Our body changes as we age. Therefore, seniors tend to have different nutrition needs than young adults, teenagers, and children. With aging, the metabolism rate slows down and the body does not burn calories as easily as it once did. To maintain a healthy weight at old age, you need to make some smart food choices.

Let’s take a look at some of them.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients, have few calories, and very little cholesterol or fat. A senior’s diet should have lots of fresh fruits, dark leafy greens, carrots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, red peppers, and other healthy vegetables.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Walnuts, Avocados, and Flax Seeds:

Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation which causes diseases like arthritis, cancer, and heart disease. Some rich sources of omega 3 fatty acids are walnuts, avocados, and flax seeds. You can include them in your breakfast, make smoothies, and mix into salads.

Herbs and Spices – Ginger, Garlic, and Rosemary

Garlic is known for its anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory properties. It also boosts the immune system and keep seasonal allergy at bay. You can use both rosemary and garlic in your meals. Ginger can also be used in foods; or in juices, smoothies, and tea.

Grains – Quinoa, Brown Rice, Barley, and more

Seniors should include un-processed grains in their diet such as quinoa, brown rice, barley, steel-cut oats, etc. Even while choosing breads, you should go for one that is rich in whole grains. The aforementioned grains are a rich source of protein and also help in controlling blood sugar.

Seniors who need help with managing their health can contact Always Best Care. It is a noted senior care firm that provides experienced and compassionate in-home care providers throughout East Bay, to help seniors age in place. To discuss your needs, feel free to call at (925) 210-0323.