As we age, our dietary needs shift and it’s important to change our eating habits. During National Nutrition Month and beyond, focus your attention on making wise food choices you can enjoy. Seniors have specific nutrient needs and certain types of foods can be beneficial to aging bodies. Try these eating right tips:
- Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green, red and orange vegetables plus beans and peas.
- Choose 100% whole-grain bread, cereals, crackers, pasta and brown rice.
- Include three servings of fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt or cheese each day.
- Cut back on the amount of salt (sodium) in the food you eat. Add spices or herbs to season food without adding salt.
- Eat a variety of foods from the protein food group each week, such as seafood, nuts, and beans and peas, as well as lean meat, poultry and eggs.
Making these small changes is a great place to start your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Also, remember to be physically active in you own way. Every bit adds up and health benefits increase as you spend more time being active.
For more information and eating healthy tips, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.