Eating right is important for proper development and growth. But that does not mean healthy eating should stop when we stop growing! Good nutrition is always important, especially for senior citizens who may not feel as hungry or thirsty as they did when they were younger. These healthy eating tips can come in handy for seniors in assisted living:
Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables
Good nutrition gives the body what it needs to complete important functions and stay alert. Many seniors do not get the nutrition they need because they do not experience hunger or thirst as frequently or strongly as they did in their younger days. Make sure you get the vitamins and nutrients you need by incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet. Eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables ensures that your body gets what it needs, even if you do not feel hungry or thirsty.
Stick to Whole Grains
Many nutritionists recommend eating between seven and eight ounces of grains each day. They also suggest that at least half of those ounces should be from whole grains. It is a good idea to choose whole grains instead of refined whenever possible. Refined grains are high in both starch and gluten, contain chemicals that help them maintain their appearance, and offer very little fiber. These grains include white bread, rice, and pasta. Whole grains, such as wheat bread and brown rice, are rich in fiber and help the body with digestion.
Keep Track of Your Water Intake
Healthy eating includes healthy drinking. Getting enough water throughout the day is essential for keeping the body hydrated. Some seniors may require less water than others, so it is a good idea to speak with your doctor before deciding to add more water to your diet. Water can also be found in certain fruits and foods.
Residents at Avalon Residential Care Homes receive three nutritious home-cooked meals and healthy snacks each day. Take a closer look at our focus on nutrition by visiting our website. Get more information by calling us at (214) 752-7050.