Superfoods For Super Seniors: How To Make Your Golden Years Delicious

 

We hope you enjoy this guest post from Felicity D.

As you age, getting adequate nutrition becomes more and more important. Your bones and brain need all the help they can get to keep you fit and functioning. However, this can be difficult if you’re strapped for time and/or money.

I’ve done some research and have come across several tips that will help you choose wisely during your next grocery shop. The key to healthy eating is investing in superfoods. The fruits, vegetables, seeds, and grains below have been game changers for me and my family! They’ve given my life balance (not to mention they are easy to cook and totally delicious).

Read on to discover delicious recipes and dietary additions that are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and beneficial fatty acids.

Flaxseed – Full of Nutrients

Flaxseed contains all sorts of goodness, but it owes the majority of its health reputation omega-3 essential fatty acids, lignans, and fiber! Put a spoonful in yogurt, eat it alone, or sprinkle it on a salad! You’ll reap the health benefits! It couldn’t be easier!

Blueberries – A Super Fruit!

Blueberries really do the heavy lifting for you!

  • They help fight cancer. The anthocyanins in blueberries fight off free radicals and can even block the growth of new tumor cells.
  • Blueberries act as a bladder stabilizer, warding off bacteria and urinary tract infections.
  • Finally, blueberries improve memory and prevent memory loss. If you have a family history of Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia, this is an important superfood for you to incorporate into your diet!

Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is a wonderful addition to your diet. Mayo Clinic reports that the monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) contained in olive oil lower cholesterol and help fight unwanted blood clotting. Furthermore, MUFAs also help to regulate blood sugar. Opt for organic if your grocery store and budget allows!

Quinoa – A Healthy Alternative

As a senior, it’s crucial that you get enough protein, and quinoa is a great source of it! Quinoa is gaining popularity because it is both gluten-free and high in protein. An ancient grain, this tasty superfood can be ground into flour for pasta, used in all sorts of baking, and tossed into salads.  It’s versatile and fairly inexpensive.

The broadleaf plant has sustained native people in South American cultures for generations. Before you buy, do your research, because some argue that although it’s protein-packed and delicious, quinoa isn’t necessarily sustainable.

Simple and Delicious Dinner

Salmon is a wonderful dinner option! Also it’s easy to cook. Wrap it in tin foil, let it bake in either butter or coconut oil and lemon, and you have a quick and delicious meal!

The Alaskan fish contains Omega-3 fatty acids, essential amino acids, and Vitamins A, B, D, and E! If you can, opt for sustainable varieties. If you aren’t a big fan of seafood try lean chicken or tofu.

For your side dish, consider pairing your protein option with broccoli or asparagus. Broccoli contains Vitamin C, Vitamin A, folic acid, fiber and is high in Beta-carotene. Asparagus is a rich source of glutathione, a detoxifier that helps break down carcinogens and free radicals. Or, you could always make a kale salad instead!

Your Health, Your Way

If you’re intimidated, smart small and add one superfood at a time. You can even ask a home care professional for assistance in developing and maintaining a superfood-rich diet. I’m positive you’ll find the experience so rewarding, you’ll diversify your diet even more!

Published Date: March 5, 2015

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