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Superfoods for Seniors

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Food is one of the most enduring and consistent parts of our lives. The old adage, “You are what you eat” has never been truer, especially for seniors looking to improve their diets and their bodies.

Healthy Eating for Older People

As we get older, there’s a certain tendency to wonder if healthy eating still matters. After all, we may not have as long as we might life to experience any ill effects, right? That might be true, but daily nutrition still has a major impact on how well the body functions.

Today, we’re going to look at a collection of fantastic superfoods for seniors that could help reduce the chances of certain medical issues.

How To Make A Super Healthy Meal

Before that, though, we need to know how to make a great meal.

Blueberries are fantastic for getting dietary fiber and antioxidants in, but a meal consisting of nothing but these tiny blue marvels would eventually get boring. Instead, let’s think about combining these foods with a few simple recipes.

The Super Salad

Start with a base of kale, whose impressively high levels of omega-3 fatty acids can help fight off pain in your joints. Top with a handful of blueberries, as fresh as you can get them, and a small handful of walnuts. Add your favorite dressing, and congratulations, you’ve just created a super salad that’s full of nutrition.

The Ultimate Smoothie

It takes practice to make smoothies just by eyeballing them, and we all prefer to drink different amounts, so think about proportions, not size.

Once you’re ready to start, pour in equal amounts of pomegranate juice and acai juice, making sure you’ve got actual juice, not merely a fruit-flavored sugary drink. Add some ground flaxseed (whole seeds aren’t nearly as nutritious), greek yogurt, and as much fresh fruit as you’d like.

This last one will determine the ultimate thickness of your drink. If you prefer meal replacement smoothies, the fruit should make up at least half the drink.

The Easiest Dinner

While cooking a slice of salmon in the oven, arrange a set of beans and an avocado on your plate.

For added value, you can add some pumpkin seeds to the beans, mixing them in to make the meal even healthier while adding a nice degree of crunch. Every part of this meal is packed with nutrients that will help boost your body up, giving you the energy you need to continue enjoying your life.

Mixing It Up

These recipes focus on packing as many superfoods into your diet as possible, but they’re far from the only way to do things.

For example, you could also mix greek yogurt and blueberries into a bowl of steelcut oats, topping the whole concoction with chia seeds. Or, you could make superfoods a part of your meals instead of the focus. Other foods also have nutritional value, and it’s important to have a balanced diet.

What About Exercise?

To get the most benefit, though, you’ll need to get up and move around as best you can. Summer activities are particularly helpful for staying active and allowing the body to process nutrients. However, it’s important to avoid excessive heat, which is a significant danger to any senior.

Activities should be enjoyed in the morning or evening hours, or at least somewhere that has air conditioning.

How Much Do Superfoods Cost?

That depends on a wide variety of factors, including the season, your geographic location, and various matters in agriculture and business. However, most superfoods are widely available at grocery stores and supermarkets, and many of them can be purchased in bulk at a reasonable price.

You don’t have to destroy your savings just to eat healthy foods. So go ahead, take a look around, and start making a plan to add these fantastic treats to your diet!

This post was a contribution by Felicity Dryer

Originally born in Flagstaff, Arizona, Felicity Dryer was raised by her parents (more or less modern-day hippies) to always make her health a top priority. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career as a freelance health writer, and continues to help those seeking encouragement to keep moving forward to achieve their goals. @FelicityDryer

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  1. I love these ideas. It’s tough for me to eat salad with out dressing and the dressing actually makes the salad unhealthy for me alone. Is there some natural dressing recipes. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. A lot of vinaigrette dressings (raspberry, balsamic, etc.,) are fairly healthy compared to most. I know a lot of my friends will add some olive oil and red wine vinegar which is a very natural choice for salads and still adds a lot of flavor.

  2. Wow.. this information came at the right time. I am needing to lose a few pounds and so is hubby and I am wanting to cut back on meat and simplify our meals.. I need help..This is great! Thank you!

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