Our nutritional needs evolve over time – take a look at these easy tips to guide you!
1. Drink Plenty of Liquids
As we age, we lose our sense of thirst; keep beverages readily available to prevent dehydration.
2. Make Eating a Social Event
Meals are more enjoyable when you eat with others – make sure to have a meal with friends a couple of times each week!
3. Plan Healthy Meals
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is a great tool to use when planning meals for the week.
4. Know How Much to Eat
Recognizing portion sizes can help with maintaining and monitoring weight and staying healthy.
5. Vary Your Vegetables
Make sure you select a variety of colorful vegetables; most veggies are low-calorie and provide good amounts of fiber.
6. Eat for Your Teeth and Gums
Our teeth and gums change aw we aged; cooked and canned fruits and veggies provide the same vitamins and minerals.
7. Use Herbs and Spices
Our taste buds change with age and the use of certain medications, use herbs and spices to provide flavor to foods without extra sodium.
8. Keep Food Safe
Throw out any foods left in the fridge for too long. Food-borne illness can be life threatening—especially for seniors.
9. Read the Label
Pay attention to important nutrients, calories, fat, carbohydrates, and sodium.
10. Ask Your Doctor About Vitamins and Supplements
Food is the best way to get the nutrients you need; some dietary supplements may actually interfere with medications or effect certain medical conditions.