Choosing Healthy Meals as You Age and In Elderly Home Care
When we were younger and felt invincible, the things we ate never really crossed our mind regarding the effects foods may have on our body. Junk foods were a constant staple in our diets as young people, and while a treat from time to time isn’t a terrible thing, it is important to start making better choices and choosing healthy meals as we age.
One way to change up our meals to make them healthier is to add in more fruits and vegetables. Fruits are a natural way to add color to our plates, along with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Fruits and vegetables are easy to serve in that they can be cooked or many can be served raw, from a can, dried, or as a juice!
Another way to change up our eating as we age is to add in whole grains and avoid the highly processed foods like white bread and pasta. The whole grains in pastas and other foods will help add to the daily quota of fiber and nutrients needed each day.
Lean proteins are a wonderful way to build a healthy meal. Start with grilled chicken, pork, fish or steak, and add the vegetables and whole grains to create a healthy and tasty meal. Healthy meals don’t have to mean boring. There are many healthy recipes online and many cooking shows teach how to create dishes that are as delicious as they are good for you and your family.
Along with choosing healthy meals as we age, it is also important to remember to stay hydrated. As we get older and have to take more medications, it can be very easy to get dehydrated. It is important to drink plenty of water. Drinking low-fat milk and 100% juice is another healthy way to stay hydrated and healthy.
A healthy meal is a great way to jump start or round off the day. Fueling our bodies with nutrients and hydrating often is the key to healthy living. Add a delicious meal to a table surrounded by friends and family and it’s a social event. If we make time to spend with those we love the most, we are bound to feel it in our hearts and the mood-boost will last throughout the week.
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