Oftentimes senior citizens who live alone do not eat with proper nutrition in mind. Going with easy meals may lead to vitamin and protein deficiencies in your body. Find out how to make some quick, easy meals that are also high in nutrition.
Products made with white flour should be replaced with products made from whole grain. Whole grain products, particularly the wheat variety, have higher fiber and protein content than refined grains. The whole grains include more nutrients, help you feel full longer and assists in lowering cholesterol levels. Look at the list of ingredients and the first couple items in the list should be “whole”.
Eating raw foods is healthier when compared to other ways of preparing foods. Unprocessed, fresh foods are wonderful opportunities to make sure you get the nutritional requirements you need, while avoiding chemicals and fats.
Try to eat vegetarian proteins as part of your regular diet. Protein can be found in many different sources. Try eating things like soy, tofu, nuts and beans for a good source of nutritious protein. Some of these foods can be a side dish or serve as the main course. Get your diet out of the doldrums by adding various sources of protein.
Eating food that is organic can help improve how nutritious your diet is. There is scientific evidence organic foods have higher levels of nutrients and are also lower in nitrates. These foods are healthy as they are straight from nature free from additives. Opt for organic products when possible and taste the difference!
Do not eat any trans fat, they are mostly in foods that have been processed. If your diet is loaded with trans fats, you are putting yourself at risk for heart disease. Eating trans fat lowers your HDL (good cholesterol) levels, while raising your LDL (bad cholesterol).
Reduce your salt intake. Most junk and fast foods are pretty salty. When you reduce a type of ingredient such as salt, you will notice the taste more often. This could cause you to dislike the foods that you should not be eating. Your cravings will diminish.
Snacks, such as fruit smoothies, are a nutritious and delicious treat. Try to stay away from the do it yourself products sold in stores as these are often all hype and not nutritious or healthy due to high calories. Controlling the ingredients is the best way to ensure it is nutritious. It’s also easy to work smoothies into your diet. Include fresh or frozen fruit, skim milk and Greek yogurt for a delicious smoothie.
For a tasty, healthy snack, try making a puree of berries, pears, or peaches. Pureeing these fruits results in a paste that makes a good topping or dip for many different foods, from chips to pretzels. You can try any fruit you want and change it regularly so you won’t be bored of such a healthy snack.
It may be hard for seniors to get the right nutrition. However, it is possible to get the right nutrients from a small meal that isn’t too difficult to prepare. Use this advice to get the right nutrition for your body.