As a provider of home health care in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we are aware of how important it is to plan healthy meals for seniors.
Eatright.org says that a healthy eating plan for older adults should emphasize fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free dairy. It should also include lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts. Saturated fats, trans fats, salt (sodium), and added sugars should be lessened.
Here are some tips on how to start on a healthy eating plan as listed by helpguide.org:
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Go for color-rich fruits like berries or melons and dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, and broccoli. Aim for 2-3 cups a day.
- Choose calcium for bone health.
Good sources of calcium include milk, yogurt, and cheese. You can also go for non-dairy sources, such as tofu, broccoli, almonds, and kale.
- Choose “good fat” instead of going for “no fat”.
Focus on healthy fats, such as Omega-3s, that protect your body against disease and support your mood and brain function.
- Vary your protein sources.
Vary your protein sources by including fish, beans, peas, eggs, nuts, and seeds in your diet.
- Eat more fiber.
Women over 50 should aim for at least 21 grams of fiber per day, while men over 50 should aim for at least 30 grams a day.
Too tired or busy to personally prepare your meal plans? You may be requiring personal care services. We at Anova Health Care System can plan and prepare healthy meals for you. You don’t have to worry about not liking your meals as we prepare your food according to your preference.
In need of other home services? We also provide home care in Pennsylvania.