Eating Healthy and Meal Planning for Seniors
It’s easy to get stuck in a boring routine of eating the same thing for your daily meals. As you age, this becomes a very common issue facing seniors and those who care for them. With a little planning, research and imagination, you can add spice to your daily diet with minimal effort. And it will taste good too!
Shopping For What’s In Season
One of the easiest ways to mix up your diet is to cook recipes with seasonal ingredients. When you plan ahead and shop for what’s in season, you’re eating foods at peak taste and freshness.
As we usher in fall and winter, think of more hearty foods to soothe and please your palate. However, hearty doesn’t have to mean unhealthy or difficult to make — there are a wide array of foods that are sensible and easy to cook. More importantly, they can be super nutritious as well!
Balanced Meal Plans and Recipe Ideas
The internet is full of recipes and ideas. In the fall, food cooked in a Crock-Pot or other slow cooker is a great way to go. If the weather cooperates, outdoor cooking is another viable option. Grilled fish, vegetables and even fruit (and desserts) are not only easy to prepare but great for your health.
One aspect of nutritional cooking that often goes overlooked is the use of spices. While homegrown herbs — you can grow some basic indoors — are great, you can also reap valuable benefits from a host of prepared spices. Things like cinnamon, sage, turmeric, paprika, cayenne, ginger and rosemary all have anti-inflammatory and other health benefits for seniors. They are also a tasty addition to a variety of dishes. Don't forget the garlic, which packs a flavor and healthy punch to your dish.
Choose Fresh Foods Over Processed Foods
It goes without saying that staying away from fatty foods, processed foods, and canned products as much as possible is best for your overall diet. When shopping, stick to the produce, healthy meat items and dairy areas of your store, which are often also strategically located on the perimeter of stores. If you’re worried about produce going bad too quickly, frozen fruits and vegetables are great to have on hand and retain more nutrients than canned alternatives.
Feed Your Soul Through Companionship
As they say, a grateful heart is also a happy heart. It starts with what you’re feeding your body and it doesn’t have to be boring!
Our caregivers at Comfort Keepers Toledo are well-versed in helping you or your elderly loved one stay healthy through balanced nutrition and activity. If you’re interested in learning more about our in-home care services, please visit our website or reach out to us here.