Foods To Keep You Healthy This Season

Make delicious and comforting meals with these healthy choices!

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It is no secret that diet has a large impact on our overall health. At our memory care communities, we take pride in serving our residents top notch meals that focus around the MIND Diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay). While we take extra care to provide nutritious and delicious options, taking food choices into your own hands whenever possible will help to keep you and your loved ones healthy and strong. Keep reading to learn about some of the amazing superfoods that follow the MIND Diet recommendations that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine.

Leafy Greens

Leafy Greens are one of the top food groups recommended by the MIND Diet, and for good reason! This subgroup of vegetables are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and many other incredible health benefits, while also remaining low calorie options. All of these amazing nutritional benefits make them the perfect base or addition to any meal. Some of our favorite leafy greens are:

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Cabbage

The MIND Diet recommends 6 servings of these vegetables per week. A couple of great ways to incorporate these hearty greens into your day is by using them as the base for a salad, a topping for a sandwich, served as a side of their own, or cooked into another dish.

Proteins

While many vegetables are a great source of protein, the MIND Diet also focuses on sources of lean protein like lean poultry, fish, or legumes. The recommendations for these protein groups are 2 servings of poultry, 1 serving of fish, and 3 servings of legumes or beans per week. Not only are these foods high in protein, low in calories, and easily accessible, but they are versatile foods that can be easily prepared for a quick lunch or dinner. There are countless ways to season and prepare poultry, fish and legumes, but here are some of our favorite ways to incorporate them into your weekly meals:

  • Roasted turkey breast added to a sandwich on whole grain bread
  • Grilled chicken breasts served on top of leafy green salad
  • Grilled salmon served on a bed of steamed greens
  • Three bean vegetable soup

Snack Foods

Some of our favorite ways to incorporate even more recommendations from the MIND Diet is by adding them to our list of preferred snack foods. Many of the recommended foods are high in fiber, protein, antioxidants, and make the perfect midday pick-me-up when you need a little something to hold you over until your next meal. Here are some of our favorite MIND Diet foods to incorporate into snack time:

  • Nuts
  • Fresh berries
  • Fresh veggies (carrots, broccoli, bell peppers, cucumbers, etc.)
  • Whole grains (oatmeal, Whole grain toast, and air-popped popcorn, etc.)

In addition to all of these incredible food groups, the MIND Diet encourages the use of olive oil (a great source of healthy fats) for cooking and in condiments like salad dressings.

Our incredible Chef incorporates the MIND Diet guidelines into our 24/7 dining services, making it easy for our residents to incorporate these delicious food groups into their diet. However, if you’re not dining with us, we strongly encourage following these recommendations when preparing your own meals.

For more information on our dining services, or to schedule a tour of our communities, contact our incredible staff today!

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