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Eat Well At Home

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When you eat for your health, it means you are eating those things your body needs most at all of the important stages in your life. As a senior, eating right gives you the energy to do the things you want to do – and it keeps your blood pressure and your blood sugar in a healthy range.

The Right Foods

Eat a lot of these:
  • Beans and peas
  • Fruits
  • Fish, lean meat and chicken
  • Nonfat and low-fat
    milk and cheese
  • Vegetables
  • Whole grains 
Eat a little of these:
  • Eggs
  • Olive oil and canola oil
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Caffeine


     
Avoid these:
  • Alcohol
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Fatty meats
  • Packaged desserts

     

The Right Way

If you have barriers to eating well, keep these tips in mind:

  • Ask a family member or friend to take you shopping, or ask if they will shop for you.
  • Find out if your area has Meals on Wheels – call 888-998-6325.
  • Buy cooked meals that you can simply heat up at home.
  • Keep healthy frozen dinners in your freezer.
  • Use a microwave oven for convenience.
  • When you cook, make a larger batch and put some into small containers for freezing.
  • Use more herbs and spices to make food more appealing.
  • Stay active – this will give you more of an appetite.

Smooth Moves

Sweet Green Smoothie Recipe

Smoothies are a great way to get lots of vitamins and minerals in one tasty drink. Don’t be wary of seeing a leafy green like spinach mixed in with a sweet fruit – you’ll be surprised at how well the flavors go together!

In a blender, combine:
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
½ cup of cold water
2 cups of spinach, stems removed
1½ cups of mango, cubed small
1 cup of green grapes

Blend and enjoy!

This article is offered as general information and not intended as a substitute for medical advice. You should always consult with your medical provider before making any changes in your diet to ensure that the changes are right for you.

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Jayne Sallerson is a warm, enthusiastic and compassionate executive with a heart for working with seniors. Jayne has been in senior care for more than 20 years and she says, “I still love what I do.” At Benchmark Senior Living, Jayne now serves as Executive Vice President. A native of New England, Jayne loves to travel, meet new people, and hang out with her favorite pug, Henry.
Jayne started this blog as a way to share the many questions she and her team get every day with other people looking for answers.