Seniors Eating Well

Cooking for one can be challenging.

Most recipes and sales are meant for more than one person. Use these tips to help when you’re cooking for one: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/node/5775

Nutrients

  1. Obtain nutrients needed by the body such as potassium, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, minerals, and dietary fiber.
  2. Lose weight or maintain a healthy weight
  3. Reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. If you have a chronic disease, eating well can help to manage the disease.
  4. Meet individual calorie and nutrition needs.
  5. Help to maintain energy levels.
Seniors eating well

Special Nutrition Concerns for Older Adults

  1. Our daily eating habits change as our bodies get older. Make small adjustments to help you enjoy the foods and beverages you eat and drink.
  2. Add flavor to foods with spices and herbs instead of salt and look for low-sodium packaged foods.
  3. Add sliced fruits and vegetable to your meals and snacks. Look for pre-sliced fruits and vegetables on sale if slicing and chopping is a challenge.
  4. Ask your doctor to suggest other options if the medications you take affect your appetite or change your desire to eat.
  5. Drink 3 cups of fat-free or low-fat milk throughout the day. If you cannot tolerate milk try small amounts of yogurt, butter milk, hard cheese or lactose-free foods. Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
  6. Consume foods fortified with vitamin B12, such as fortified cereals.
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