Assisted living and the benefits of healthy food choices
Editor: L Melton
September 21, 2016
As we get older, the old adage that 'you are what you eat' becomes even more pertinent. It is vital that seniors eat well in order to lead a happy and active life, however, many who live alone struggle with basic meal preparation. This is just one of the reasons why assisted living facilities are so popular.
If you are considering an assisted living facility, knowing that you or your loved one is fully taken care of is one of the key considerations. As food is such an important part of our daily lives, it is an vital part of your decision. Here at the California Home for Seniors, we help seniors to find assisted living facilities, tailored to their needs. Here are just some healthy meal options seniors we have helped have found beneficial:
Leafy greens and vegetables
Eating leafy greens and fresh vegetables regularly has been proven to have numerous health benefits. As leafy greens are high in fiber, low in fat, contain folic acid, potassium, manganese, vitamin C as well as a host of other beneficial nutrients; they have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease as well as cancer. Similarly, vegetables have been found to give people a large number of beneficial nutrients that vary depending on the type of vegetable consumed.
The benefits of fresh fruit cannot be disregarded, as research has definitively shown the immense benefits of eating fruit each day. For example, berries, watermelons and pomegranates have been found to be rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants have been shown to boost the body’s power to fight age related diseases and maintain health.
Poultry and lean meat
Poultry and lean meat, and most importantly the protein they contain, have been shown to have a beneficial impact on human health when consumed in moderation.
Nuts and seeds
Walnuts, peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds and pecans all contain a range of nutrients which can benefit the body in a number of areas. Consumed as snacks, nuts and seeds such as these can be good for the mind and the body.