There’s nothing like the dog days of summer, but as we age, taking care of our nutrition becomes increasingly important. Sometimes, it can be difficult to make the right choices or you might not be able to get there yourself. We can help with in-home senior care that makes getting your summer nutrition much easier.
Not sure what to eat or avoid? Here are some summer nutrition tips just for seniors!
– Balance your diet
When you fill your plate with a variety of fresh, wholesome foods, you’ll find you have even more energy. This is important during every season, but especially so in the summer when the heat has a draining effect on us all.
– Replenish your fluids
Seniors are at a greater risk than the rest of the population for becoming dehydrated in the summer months. What’s more, becoming dehydrated can lead to cramping, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke. A trip to the hospital is no fun for anyone, and when you can prevent it by drinking enough water, you shouldn’t take the risk.
– Eat lean proteins
Often, proteins feel heavy for seniors, but you still need them. Look for the leanest varieties or even choose plant-based versions. These give you tons of clean energy that doesn’t weigh you down.
– Make a rainbow on your plate
Fresh fruits and vegetables should be a part of every meal. The more of a rainbow you eat, the better your health. These all contain added water to keep you hydrated plus they have vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that your body needs.
– Cool it with the ice cream
Summer wouldn’t be summer without a nice cone or bowl of ice cream. But too much of a good thing will do you in. Keep the ice cream to a minimum and instead, use frozen yogurt, fruit smoothies, or sherbet. Just read the labels to avoid consuming too much sugar. Another option that’s just as sweet without the damage? Watermelon! Take some and freeze it for an incredibly refreshing treat.
– Watch for hidden unhealthy foods
Perhaps you’re diligent about eating salads for your health which is a great idea. However, watching what you add to them makes all the difference. Ever notice when menus list calories how much those big salads can have? Breaded chicken strips, heavy salad dressings, cheeses and more can add more salt and fat, not to mention calories that you weren’t bargaining for.
– Stick with healthy fats
Fats are great for you! Just make sure you’re getting the right ones. Olive oil, nuts, and avocados are great healthy fats that will do good for your body.
– Handle food well
One final tip: keep food safe. In the summer, bacteria can form faster due to the heat which can cause food poisoning. Put perishable items in the fridge fast and if you’re having guests, put any leftovers away within 2 hours if you’re feasting outdoors.
For more senior care in your own home, contact us today to help make your summer even better!