It will not be difficult to convince others that healthy eating is important, though it is often in the execution that people fail to eat healthy. Healthy foods are not reputed to be tasty. This is the same conundrum faced by older adults. Many families seem in need of good dietary tips for their loved ones. We all know the importance of a healthy meal, but how can we best go about creating one? How can we maximize health benefits from a nutritious meal? Read on to learn more!
Look for Nutrients You Need
As a rule of thumb, your loved one needs a large variety of foods to get as many types of nutrients as possible into their diet. If the plate you are handing to them looks like a rainbow, you are on the right track. Bright and colored foods tend to be richer in valuable nutrients!
Include some elements of lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy milk into every meal if possible. Vitamin D is an important mineral for older adults and foods that have a high fiber content while being low in sodium or salt are better for consumption.
Ultimately, every individual is different. Ask a local dietitian or doctor for more information on what proteins your loved one needs specifically, and you should be set.
Read the Label on Nutrition Facts
To know the nutrition value of foods, you will need to look at the nutrition facts label. All foods sold at grocery stores in the United States will have this label. Be a smart shopper and look for whole foods and avoid processed or packaged foods if possible.
Do Not Forget about Hydration
Always drink liquids consistently throughout the day, not just during or after meals. Even if you include foods rich in water content for your loved one’s meals, it is not always enough, and it is important to keep hydrated by drinking proper liquids. Even coffee or tea will do if water seems too bland.
Use Recommended Servings
The American Heart Association has come up with recommended daily serving sizes for older adults. Keeping to these will help you plan a healthy and nutritious meal for your loved one.
If you are still unsure about the exact types of foods, you should include in your loved one’s diet. Go to MyPlate. Developed by the USDA, this simple graphic shows you what should make up a healthy meal for Americans of all ages. Along with recommended serving data, you should be able to whip up a healthy meal for your loved one.
At Conservatory At Champion Forest, we present to residents Sensations Dining, where we feature such nutritious meals and diets in a menu with variety. If you wish to learn more, feel free to contact us or schedule a tour of our community.