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Eat Well At Home

Man and woman eating

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
• 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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