Healthy foods tend to have a bad reputation for not tasting good or being challenging to find. However, some of the best health-boosting foods are tasty and easily accessible at your local grocery store! If you’re looking for ways to improve your loved one’s health, try these healthy ingredients compiled by the team at Heritage Point, an assisted living, transitional assisted living, and memory care community in Mishawaka, Indiana.
While healthy foods are best known for helping with weight management, they are also a great source of vitamins that our bodies need later on in life. Some of these vitamins and health boosters are fiber, Vitamin-C, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds. Luckily, your loved one can enjoy the benefits with the simple addition of a few tasty ingredients.
Below are eight health-boosting options you can add to your loved one’s daily meals with easy recommendations.
One of the best inflammatory fighters is ginger. If you notice you or your loved one are not feeling your best, a shot of ginger juice can help you on your mend (with, of course, doctor’s recommendations instructions as well). Also, ginger can easily be incorporated into your dishes with ginger dressing or recipes like stir-fry.
Probiotics help regulate the bacteria in the gut and significantly impact how your loved one feels, as well as their immune system. Luckily, Greek yogurt is high in probiotics and protein! Opt for a greek yogurt parfait with Greek yogurt, berries, and granola for a healthy breakfast.
Vitamin C is very present in citrus fruits, and since older people tend to have less vitamin C stored in their bodies, these are a great way to increase your loved one’s Vitamin C levels. Some great citrus fruit options are grapefruit, oranges, and clementines.
Berries such as blueberries and blackberries are the perfect snack during the winter holidays. Both blueberries and blackberries are excellent sources of antioxidants that are proven to support the immune system. Try adding blackberries or blueberries to a morning recipe for that extra immunity boost.
Nuts contain healthy, plant-based fats and provide amazing flavor to a lot of dishes. Tree nuts’ benefits outweigh peanuts but can be slightly more expensive. Consuming peanuts in moderation is also acceptable if your loved one doesn’t care for tree nuts.
Beans are known for their high fiber content, but did you know they reduce cholesterol and are high in iron? Try adding beans to your loved one’s plate to replace meat for a meatless Monday meal.
Raw honey is known for its soothing effects on a sore throat and its antibacterial properties. Try adding some honey to a cup of tea or hot lemon water in the morning.
If your loved one is already trying honey in your tea, perhaps they’ll also like to try green tea. Green tea has many antioxidants known to enhance the immune system, and it has anti-inflammatory effects on the body. So, if your loved one is open to switching out their morning coffee, a cup of hot green tea and a small spoon of honey can be a sweet, healthy substitute.
By incorporating these eight healthy options into your diet, you can help support your loved one’s health and wellness through the winter months and beyond. These are just a few among the many health-boosting foods that we offer as part of our dining program at Heritage Pointe.
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