A healthy, well-balanced diet is a crucial part of good health, and this is especially true for seniors. Processed foods, while convenient and plentiful, are often devoid of the essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that you receive from fresh foods. Summer is one of the best times of the year for fresh produce of all colors, or even trying to grow your own. Summer is the perfect season to make a conscious effort to add in more fruits and vegetables to your daily diet.
If you like buying local, or the selection and prices at your grocery store aren’t impressing you, try checking out your local farmer’s market. You can find a great selection of local fresh produce, and talk to each of the farmers about what they grow, their methods, and the best way to use it. You may find some fruits and vegetables you’ve never tried before, or find new ways to prepare old favorites.Another easy way to boost your fresh fruit and vegetable intake is by blending it into foods you already eat. Smoothies are a delicious and healthy way to start your day, and you can always throw a handful of kale for a nutrient punch. Pureed or grated carrots, squashes, or greens can be stirred into pasta sauces. Vegetables also make a great topping for the foods you already love. Toss some tomato, peppers, or onions in with your eggs and make a western omelet. Instead of getting the meat lover pizza, opt for more vegetable toppings.