Eating well is crucial for maintaining good health. Choosing foods that are good for our bodies help to prevent many diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure/cholesterol, some cancers and heart disease. We have all heard the saying that “you are what you eat”. We have learned that the better foods we eat, the better we will feel. This is why it is important that we aim for low-fat, whole ingredients, and fresh food items to incorporate into our meal planning. Eating properly and healthfully is the best way to maintain a healthy weight as well as the other many benefits of avoiding processed and fatty junk foods.
There are many senior super foods that are great for protecting our loved one’s health. We can find ways to incorporate these foods into daily eating without having to change one’s diet drastically. There are some grains that can be included in the list of senior super foods. Oatmeal when cooked is generally low in calories and provides high fiber, protein, iron and other minerals. Oatmeal is a senior super food that will lower cholesterol. Another option to add as a dinner side is quinoa. Quinoa is a senior super food that can substitute pasta, rice, and other types of grains. This super food is full of protein, antioxidants, mineral, high fiber, and is also gluten free. Highly trained and compassionated caregivers from Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara are available to help guide a senior loved one with making the right food choices when cooking and or grocery shopping.
Fresh and minimally processed are best when compared to other choices, but there are also senior super foods that an elderly loved one can eat that will boost their health in many ways. Fruits and vegetables are so good for our senior loved ones, and there really aren’t any bad ones to choose from. Apples, pears and blueberries are especially great sources of fiber and vitamin C. Some delicious and healthiest vegetables like broccoli, asparagus and squash are great senior super foods. These vegetables are great for lowering cholesterol and adding vitamins to the diet. Asparagus is a good source of iron and protein and broccoli offers many vitamins including A, C, folate, and potassium. Eye health and immune system boosts are the reasons why asparagus and broccoli are senior super foods. Beans are another senior super food that is high in fiber, protein, calcium and vitamins. These super foods pack in more antioxidants per bite than any other fruit or vegetable.
Coffee and tea are great senior super foods and also tasty drinks to start the morning with breakfast. Coffee also has the ability to protect the heart and prevent respiratory disease, injuries, stroke and infections. Black tea is beneficial as protection from various cancers and helps to boost the immune system. Both coffee and black tea have been shown to protect against various diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.
When looking for meal options that include senior super foods, remember to keep salmon in mind. This super food is high in omega 3 fatty acids that can reduce the risk of heart attack and lower blood pressure. This protein is also low in fat and can be cooked in many ways to take on many flavors that will tickle the taste buds.
If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in-home care for seniors, along with the many benefits of professional live-in care for the elderly, or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-687-7777! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In home senior care allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California.