A balanced diet is essential for health and wellness at any age, but even more so as you approach your senior years. Fruits and vegetables contribute vital nutrients to your immune health to protect you against disease. Fruits are nutritious and delicious and well worth adding to your meals in your senior years.
Looking for a Way to Boost Your Health? Eat More Fruit!
Fruits contain a wealth of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to sustain your health and wellness over the years. They’re loaded with natural fiber, which is good for your digestive health. Soluble fiber can reduce cholesterol levels and make it easier for you to lose weight. Whole fruits like apples, peaches, pears and oranges provide a wholesome alternative to junk food for snacking in between meals.
By varying your fruit intake, you can benefit from even more nutrients without ever getting bored. Fruits are low in fats and calories and rich in potassium, vitamins, minerals, folic acid, flavonoids and antioxidants. By eating fruits with skin, you can absorb more of their nutritional value.
Some people are concerned about the fructose in fruit, as large amounts of fructose can be harmful to your health. Fortunately, the amount of sugar in natural fruit is well below the level considered bad for your health. In fact, a diet rich in fruits and veggies can boost your health by protecting you against high-risk diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Healthy Fruits to Add to Your Diet
Fruits come in a wide assortment of types, tastes, colors and sizes to add variety to your diet.
Lemons and limes are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, making them of great nutritional value. Their juice is often used in home remedies for colds, the flu and sore throats.
Strawberries are known for their versatility and sweetness. They’re rich in potassium, fiber and other minerals and vitamins. They can be eaten alone or combined with cereals or yogurt. Strawberry jams and smoothies are also great favorites among people of all ages.
Oranges are a great source of vitamin C, a potent antioxidant known for its healing power. Oranges can be eaten alone as a snack, as part of a meal or be squeezed into refreshing orange juice.
Although grapefruits can be a bit on the sour side, they’re rich in flavonoids and other nutrients that can protect you against inflammation, cancer and obesity. Grapefruit juice makes a healthy addition to your breakfast menu.
Blackberries are rich in anthocyanins, used in herbal medicines to treat colds, high blood pressure and urinary tract infections. Fresh blackberries can be added to breakfast foods, desserts and smoothies.
At Sunny Days In-Home Care, we provide your loved ones with the help they need to live a healthier, happier life in their golden years. From fruit and veggie shopping to cooking, cleaning and personal care, we offer quality in-home care services to meet your loved one’s needs. To learn more about our caregivers and the professional services we provide, call us at 724-260-5186 today.