Eating healthy, nutritious snacks helps to keep the muscles, bones, and organs strong. Foods rich in vitamins work to fight illness and give the immune system a boost. Eating the right foods reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, bone loss, anemia, and cancer. When providing elder care, it is important to encourage healthy eating.
Eating key nutrients are important for the brain and help to keep the mind sharp. Improve focus and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by eating leafy vegetables, brightly colored fruits, fish, and nuts that are packed with omega-3 fatty acids.
Eat dark, leafy greens that are antioxidant rich, such as kale, spinach, and broccoli. Yellow and orange vegetables such as carrots, squash, and yams are beneficial to daily nutrition. Try to consume 2 to 2 ½ cups of vegetables per day.
Eat more whole fruits instead of juices. These contain fiber and vitamins essential to health. Berries and melons make great healthy snacks. Try to eat 1 ½ to 2 servings per day.
Calcium is important for maintaining bone health. It helps to prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures. Milk, yogurt, and cheese are great dairy sources for calcium. Broccoli, tofu, almonds, and kale are non-dairy sources of calcium.
Adults at the age of 50 and over need 0.5 grams per pound of bodyweight. To know how many grams you need, simply divide your bodyweight in half. A serving of tuna contains about 40 grams of protein. Other sources include beans, peas, nuts, eggs, milk, cheese, seeds, and fish.
Whole grains contain more nutrients and fiber than processed white flour. When selecting pasta, breads, and cereals, look for the word “whole” in the ingredient list. Older adults should consume 6 to 7 ounces of grains per day. One slice of bread contains about one ounce.
Antioxidants are molecules found in foods that stop free radicals from damaging our cells. Antioxidants are important for slowing the aging process, preventing heart disease, stroke, cancer, and high blood pressure. Sources of food enriched with antioxidants include berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries), broccoli, tomatoes, red grapes, garlic, spinach, carrots, soy, and whole grains.
Even the elderly enjoy snacks throughout the day. As an elderly care provider, be sure to consider foods that contain the proper vitamins and nutrients important for boosting their overall health.
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