Food to Support Healthy Aging
Diet has a significant impact on how the body and mind age. Today, we are sharing four food options that can support those golden years.
Salmon: This fish has two significant benefits: lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Protein provides the body with energy and can help improve overall muscle mass, making it an essential macronutrient for staying physically fit and active. Salmon is also rich in omega-3s, which are beneficial for healthy aging. Of course, there are plenty of other fish in the “omega-3-sea.” If salmon is not up your food alley-- chia seeds, walnuts, and kidney beans are just a few different options that contain protein and omega-3 fatty acids for healthy aging!
Low or nonfat Greek yogurt: You’re probably aware of how crucial calcium is for the body. It’s known to help build and maintain strong bones which is important for healthy aging. While yogurt (in general) is an excellent option for calcium, low or nonfat Greek yogurt will typically give you the best bang for your buck. Relative to American-style yogurt, Greek yogurt contains more protein, a higher number of probiotics, and less sugar. Your bones, muscles, and tummy will thank you for this one.
Quinoa: Pronounced “KEEN-wah,” this superfood is super tasty (and super great for healthy aging!). Technically a seed, quinoa is an incredibly versatile complete protein loaded with fiber, antioxidants, magnesium, iron, folate, and potassium. Our digestive systems can slow down as we age, so be sure to fill your diet with fiber-rich foods and drink adequate water to help prevent constipation and other digestive issues. This pseudo-grain is simple to make and lasts for up to a week in the fridge.
Healthier “Convenience” Foods: While grocery shopping, create a habit of choosing healthy, convenient options! The busyness of daily life coupled with fatigue and lack of mobility can make every day/night cooking challenging for aging adults. Skip the desire to order out regularly or pop in low nutrition freezer meals by stocking up on convenient, healthy choices like bagged salads, frozen vegetable steamer packages, and frozen fruit. Fill your freezer with dark leafy greens for vitamin K and blueberries, sweet potatoes, and pomegranates for antioxidants. Who knew supporting healthy aging could also be convenient?!
As always, discuss your unique nutrient needs with a healthcare provider before making changes to diet routines.