When you get older a lot of things begin to change and that even includes the type of nutrition that is required. As you get older you are not going to need as many calories but the calories that you do eat need to be from the healthier types of food or super foods. It is an unfortunate reality that we all have to get old but there is no reason for us to not try to stay healthy and stay young feeling for as long as we can and some of these foods can help you do just that.
There are a lot of different reasons that an older person can become malnourished. It can be from some sort of illness, the fact that they have less money to buy food with, because depression has set in, the type of medicine they may have and simply not knowing some of the reasons why they get malnourished. If a person tries to do some sort of exercise during the day will help increase their appetite so they will eat more and will also make them feel better. Supplements can also help in areas where they might be lacking in nutrition.
Eating healthier as a senior makes a lot of sense and those around seniors should reach out and make sure that they are doing this. Understand that when someone begins to age that a lot of things may come with it like sickness, problems with families and of course the lack of money to get the right foods.
It's a good idea to make sure that when you get older that you start filling up that refrigerator with lots of different bright and colorful fruits and veggies. You need to make sure first that they are the ones you like and are going to eat of course. Some of the super foods that you might want to keep on hand would be spinach, kale, peppers (red, green, yellow), broccoli, tomatoes and extremely heart friendly avocado. Some of the super food fruits are oranges, apricots, all types of melons, different kinds of berries, peaches as well as all varieties of apples. All of these foods are packed with vitamins and minerals that your body needs and they make great in between meal snacks as well. Try and plan your meals around these super foods.
Some super food proteins and dairy items are fish especially salmon and halibut. You should try and fix yourself something with fish at least 2 or 3 times a week. You also might want to keep cans of salmon or tuna around when you are in need of a meal that won't take any time to fix. Also chicken breast is a super food that can be cooked in a variety of different ways. Other meats you should make sure they are only of lean cuts. You should make sure you eat yogurt and low fat milk as well for the health of your bones.
Even if you are on a tight budget you can still get the super foods that you need to make a nutritional diet. For instance you can get a bunch of these veggies and make a large pot of soup and freeze the rest into smaller portion sizes for eating at a later date. You can do the same thing by making large amounts of homemade stew which is hearty and good for you.
It's always a good idea to try and keep stocked up on foods that are not only high in nutritional value but are also easy for you to cook. When there is only one or two of you sometimes it almost doesn't seem worth the chore of cooking so try to keep the recipes simple.
Final note: Always try to keep on hand healthy snack foods like nuts, baked chips, and whole grain crackers. These are quick and give you the nutrition needed and serve as quick pick me ups during the day.