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Seniors: Eat Your Way to Better Health

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Knowing which foods you or your loved one should eat for health reasons can be challenging. With the considerable amount of information circulating and the copious diets available to try, we are here to help with simple and realistic healthy eating tips for longevity. Consider incorporating these healthy foods into you or your loved one’s daily regimen to satiate the appetite and elevate the body’s overall well-being.

Brain

Your brain is the front seat driver in the body’s overall function. Boost your nervous system with healthy fats, antioxidants, and vitamin-B12. Specifically, try foods like eggs, fortified non-dairy milk, salmon, trout, and fortified cereals. For a breakfast full of antioxidants and Omega-3s, have a refreshing smoothie with almond milk, blueberries, strawberries, and spinach with a side of scrambled eggs. These tasty foods will create a steady production of blood cells and improve nerve function.

Bones

Nuts, fruit, legumes, and leafy greens are all great sources of essential vitamins for strong bones. Snack on a handful of walnuts or make a romaine salad with spinach and some sunflower seeds sprinkled on top. Just two tablespoons of almond butter is packed with 112 milligrams of calcium! Not only are nuts and seeds an excellent source of calcium but they also taste great. However, it’s important to be mindful of your calorie intake when eating nuts and seeds as they are high in caloric density. Aim for just a quarter cup a day for a slightly-crunchy and delicious treat.

Beans are a versatile staple food you can incorporate throughout your day. For instance, try beans the British way with your eggs in the morning for a filling start to the day. Legumes can be tossed on top of your lunchtime salad or even as a side dish to pair with your dinner. Studies show that beans are linked with reducing your risk of cancer, obesity, and heart disease.

Muscles

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of muscles? You’re right. Protein! Amino Acids make up a protein source and protein makes up our muscles. One of the best benefits of protein is that it keeps you feeling full for hours. Think of lean proteins like poultry, legumes and fish. Have you ever tried turkey chili? Perfect for the cooler winter months, this hearty recipe will warm you up with every flavorful bite!

Heart

Eating for a healthy heart is not only tasty, but it can help you control and maintain your overall body weight. Fruits and vegetables are the key to keeping your heart in tip-top shape. Fresh fruit is an easy snack to pull together by grabbing a handful of grapes or slicing up some mango. If you’re looking for something sweet to have after a savory dinner, enjoy fresh strawberries or blueberries. For a heart-healthy protein bar that tastes like dessert, you could whip up these peanut butter banana treats for your loved one.

Visit the Brightwater Senior Living blog today for more helpful tips and ideas to live a healthy lifestyle.