As we age, the nutritional needs of the body changes. It becomes even more important for all Seniors, including those living in beautiful Walnut Creek to ensure that their bodies are getting the right amount of nutrition. Additionally, anyone taking medication will need to ensure that their diet is compensating for any nutritional side effects that may occur, such as bone loss.
Why Eat Healthy?
By ensuring that most of your diet is healthy (the occasionally treat won’t do any harm) you can help prevent a variety of ailments, primarily diabetes, heart disease, stroke, some types of cancer, anemia, and bone loss. If you have high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, or diabetes a healthy diet can help control or improve these conditions.
Additionally, by eating healthy you are ensuring that your body stays healthy and strong as you age, and are keeping your energy levels high. All these benefits add up to improve your quality of life, and help you live longer.
Foods that Help
So what foods help improve your health? Here are just a few:
- Soy products (milk, tofu, soy beans), fruit, and seeds are good for improving circulation
- Cheese, milk, salmon, beet greens, and legumes are great for maintaining strong bones
- Apples, broccoli, and citrus fruits help to strengthen the immune system
- Foods high in protein, complex carbohydrates, and Omega-3 fats help to enhance mental alertness and improve brain function.
Foods that are high in antioxidants are also great for seniors, as they help remove toxins from the body to keep it working efficiently. Overall, seniors should focus on a variety of food that includes low fat meats, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and dairy or dairy substitutes. Including more fiber and fluids (water) in your diet can also help to decrease constipation, and will help you feel full longer if you are trying to maintain your weight.
Healthy Meal Ideas
Sometimes we get stuck in the “same old” meal routine, and it may be hard to introduce new foods. Here are a few meal ideas to get you started:
- Oatmeal with berries or apples – Or try other grains like Quinoa
- Scrambled eggs and veggies – Add low-fat cheese on top or salsa
- Oat pancakes – Easier on the digestive system (can also use Spelt flour)
- Whole grain toast with peanut butter and banana – Or try another nut butter to change it up)
- Sandwiches – All you need is some lean meat, condiments, veggies and whole grain bread
- Quesadillas – Veggies and cheese inside two tortillas, lightly baked in the oven or a frying pan
- Soup – Make your favorite soup Dinner
- Quiches – Filling and tasty, you can make a new one every time!
- Italian – Fresh tomato sauce is very good for you
- Lean hamburgers – Or use turkey
These are just a few ideas, but the possibilities are endless! Homeowners in Walnut Creek have access to tons of fresh fruit and vegetables, so don’t be afraid to try something new!
Between Lunardi’s, Whole Foods, the farmer’s markets in the area and the produce markets around the Greater Walnut Creek area, eating healthy is a lot easier.