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The Top 5 Foods Seniors Should Be Eating for Better Health

By Vicki Crow

Superfoods are like superheroes: strong and powerful rescuers of your health. When you’re a senior, you need all the extra help you can get to stay healthy. That’s why the caregiving team at Home Helpers of Walnutport has put together this list of foods seniors should be eating. Some items are familiar favorites, whereas others will soon be.

 

  1. Apples

It may be that the adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is true. The soluble fiber in apples can lower your blood sugar levels and cholesterol. They also contain potassium, a necessary mineral for hearth health. Other good fruits are pears and blueberries.

 

  1. Butternut Squash

This type of squash is a powerhouse of nutrients: beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. It’s also completely free of fat and sodium. While soup may be the most common way to prepare it, you can also roast it with herbs, mash it to eat as a side or mixed into pasta, or cube and cook it with meat or other super vegetables, such as broccoli and asparagus.

 

  1. Dark Chocolate

Chocolate that is at least 70 percent cacao boosts the functioning of your heart and brain. If you have a sweet tooth, dark chocolate may taste too bitter, so slowly work your way up it. Soon, you’ll find candy bars too sweet and a small block of dark chocolate satisfying.

 

  1. Oatmeal

This whole grain is high in fiber that promote digestive and heart health. Oatmeal also keeps you full longer, so you don’t eat as much and can lose or maintain weight. Liven up your morning bowl of oatmeal with fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, and spices. Limit how much sweetener you use. Not a hot cereal fan? Add oatmeal to muffins or pancakes, substitute it for bread crumbs in meatloaf or burgers, or use it as breading for chicken. Another grain you could try instead is quinoa.

 

  1. Salmon

Salmon is chock full of omega-3 fatty acids, which you need for optimal brain performance and heart protection. Choose wild-caught salmon for the least fat, calories, and pollutants. Cook it in olive oil or drizzle some oil on top for the added benefits of this healthy fat.

 

Strengthen Your Health Even More

 

These are only a few of the numerous foods that can enhance your physical and mental health. The key is to eat lots of different types of fruits and vegetables, avoid refined sugar and saturated fats, and consume as much whole, unprocessed food as possible. This may seem challenging to do, so check out our blog for more tips on how to eat nutritiously and take care of your body in other ways.