Eating healthy all year round is important for everyone, but it is extremely important for seniors to keep the body and immune system healthy. A balanced diet, filled with seasonal fruits and vegetables is a great way for seniors to get the most out of their meals.
At Home Care Assistance of Philadelphia, a balanced diet is part of our unique approach to care, The Balanced Care Method. We recommend seniors look at their options for fresh, local produce at the grocery store and farmers’ markets, and consider these five springtime fruits and vegetables in particular!
While beets are available in some climates all year round, they are the freshest in the springtime. Red beets in particular have been shown to help promote digestive health, alleviating symptoms from constipation or urinary tract infections, which are common problems among the elderly.
Turnips grow very quickly and are often ready for harvest in a few short months, with many available in late spring. Turnips a uniquely sharp flavor, which is great for seniors whose taste buds may be duller than they once were. Turnips have been shown to lower blood pressure and help reduce the risk of cancer. In addition, much like beets, they are high in fiber and help digestion.
Growing fruits are subject to changes in the weather, but most farmers will tell you that strawberries are the ripest in the spring months from March through May. Strawberries have high levels of vitamin C which help to boost immune systems, providing added protection against illness. In addition, the antioxidants in strawberries may help reduce the risk of certain diseases such as cancer.
4. Navel Oranges
The naval orange season runs through the end of spring, however many say that the oranges from the later part of the season aren’t as succulent, making now the perfect time for them! They are high in vitamin C which helps boost immune health and also support collagen production to keep the skin healthy.
– This “super food” is fortunately available year-round, however the best spinach is easily obtainable in the springtime. It is particularly beneficial to seniors because it is packed with antioxidants that help fight cell degeneration and may even help prevent cancer. In addition, the magnesium in spinach can promote dental health in older adults.
Interested in learning more about senior nutrition? Perhaps you have an aging parent or loved one who could use assistance preparing healthy meals at home. Whatever the reason, visit our website at www.homecareassistancephiladelphia.com and or call us at 215-645-4663 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Home Care Assistance Care Manager.