Published: Aug 15, 2017
Clearing the Plate
Think back to a time when you were a child and your parents made you eat all of the vegetables and fruits from your plate. Although it may have seemed like a chore at the time, it should seem obvious now that they were doing you a favor. Fruits and vegetables were important then for your growth and wellbeing, but as we begin to age, they become increasingly vital. In many cases, these are the foods that play an important role in reducing the risk of serious conditions and diseases later in life, including heart disease, stroke, hypertension, digestive problems, and even forms of cancer.
In fact, there are a number of fruits and vegetables that have been classified as “superfoods.” This signifies that they represent an all-natural (generally plant-based) source of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients conducive to healthy living. And because these foods are so nutrient-dense, they are ideal for aging adults, who are often challenged with reaching their required daily intake of essential vitamins, folic acid, and niacin.
Below you will find some of the fruit and vegetable superfoods that your aging loved ones can incorporate into their diets. Be sure that they consult a physician before modifying any diet, especially if they do not have a comprehensive understanding of their food allergies.
Fruit and Vegetable Superfoods for Seniors
A Balanced Diet
Despite the fact these superfoods are nutrient-dense and help the body in a number of ways, they should not become one’s entire diet. Balance and moderation are both vital when it comes to all aspects of physical well-being, and consumption of fruits and vegetables is no exception. You can still gain weight from the over-indulgence of healthy foods – especially if they’ve been processed. Be wary of “too good to be true” marketing devices, do your research, and always try to find the purest form of the foods listed above.
And remember that fruits and vegetables should represent a component of your daily nutritional intake. If your senior loved ones are looking to understand what constitutes a balanced meal, encourage them to check out ChooseMyPlate. The site is a wealth of information regarding healthy eating, but it also looks at all angles of senior well-being, including recommended physical activities.
Comfort Keepers® Can Help
We understand how vital proper nutrition is for your aging loved ones. That’s why our caregivers – we call them Comfort Keepers® – help promote nutritious eating habits, as directed by a physician/dietitian. Additionally, we can help with everything from laundry to light housekeeping, and even incidental transportation. Contact your local Comfort Keepers office today for additional information.
AARP. “Top 15 Superfoods for People Over 50” by Julia Bencomo Lobacco. Web. 2016.
Live Science. “What Are Superfoods?” by Christopher Wanjek. Web. 2015.
Health.com. “23 Healthiest Superfruits You Need Now” by Benjamin Packet
Everyday Health. “5 Tricks for Getting Enough Fruit and Veggies” by Krisha McCoy. Web. 2017.
MindBodyGreen. “Top 10 Health Benefits of Eating Kale” by Alison Lewis. Web. 2012.