If you have concerns about whether you’re getting the right nutrition, you’re not alone.
The fact is, people’s nutritional needs change as they get older and the convenience of eating fast food or frozen meals that are packed with sodium and sugar make it tough to eat healthfully.
Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to get back on the right track with foods that will help keep you healthy and happy.
1. Keep an eye on portion sizes.
For many people over 65, maintaining a healthy diet often comes down to portions and frequency. When it comes to portions, smaller is better, and it’s healthier to eat several small meals than overeating at one sitting.
2. Make a plan and stick with it.
Nutrition and senior care experts emphasize the importance of planning out meals and snacks before hitting the supermarket. You and your parent can make a detailed list of food and beverages to last several days or up to a week, and plan to make a couple of meals in larger quantities that can be safely stored for later meals. Having a weekly plan and sticking with it will help ensure that you get the nutrition you need.
3. Nutrient-dense, whole foods are best.
Nutrient-dense foods are those that are full of fiber, protein, vitamins and healthy fats but that don’t have a lot of calories. Examples include fresh produce, fish, poultry, lean meats, eggs and nuts.
It’s essential to develop a daily eating plan that consists of whole foods that will provide the nutrients you need to thrive in your golden years.
4. Don’t underestimate the importance of H20
Proper hydration is often overlooked as part of a healthy, balanced diet for adults, but it’s especially crucial for seniors. Adults over 50 have a greater chance of becoming dehydrated as their sense of thirst declines, for one. Experts suggest that you always have a glass of water with easy reach.
5. Consider healthy meal delivery options
A a growing number of meal services such as Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, and Plated, deliver the ingredients and recipes for healthy at-home meals. For seniors, these services help reduce the time needed for meal preparation, and as a bonus – many offer meals that are pre-portioned and packed with healthful ingredients.