Perks Of A Healthy Diet From Transitional Assisted Living In Buffalo
Make This Season The Most Delicious By Incorporating These Fruits and Vegetables Into Your Diet!
The warm weather is still hanging around, and with it comes an abundance of delicious in-season fruits and vegetables. Not only are seasonal vegetables great for adding flavor and color to you and your loved one’s diet over the summer, but they also provide wonderful benefits for both mental and physical health.
Here at Juniper Glen Memory Care Assisted Living, we prioritize delicious food that incorporates recommendations from the MIND Diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay). We have compiled a list of the benefits of the MIND Diet along with meal ideas to try.
Cognitive Benefits Of The MIND Diet:
Helps to slow neurodegeneration
Works to slow the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s and dementia
Research suggests it can help ward off depression and boost mood
Research suggests it helps prevent Parkinson’s disease
Nutrient-dense foods promote a healthy weight
Plant-based foods help prevent cardiovascular disease and other chronic illnesses
Foods To Focus On
While tackling a new diet can feel overwhelming at first, our expert chefs here at Juniper Glen use the MIND Diet as a basis for the meals they prepare, meaning that your loved one will have the option to focus their food choices on nutrient-dense and delicious foods. If you are looking to incorporate the MIND Diet into your everyday routine, consider trying one of the following meals that incorporate its recommendations:
Leafy green vegetables
Nuts and seeds
Omega-3 fatty acids
MIND Diet Meal Ideas
Now that you understand the benefits of the MIND Diet as well as the foods it includes, here’s a look at a day’s worth of eating following this diet.
Breakfast: Steel-cut oats with strawberries and blueberries. Add a hard-boiled egg on the side. This fiber and antioxidant-packed meal can kick-start your day with long-lasting satisfaction. The hard-boiled egg provides healthy proteins and fats!
Lunch: Mediterranean greek salad with a base of dense leafy greens and topped with grilled chicken and dressing with an olive oil base. A satisfying and hearty lunch, this provides lean proteins and healthy fats from olive oil. Pair it with a side of whole wheat pita bread and top it with yummy ingredients: nuts, seeds and feta cheese for a meal that will satisfy all your lunchtime hunger.
Dinner: For dinner, try a burrito bowl with brown rice, black beans, grilled fajita vegetables, grilled chicken, a veggie-packed salsa, and guacamole. The avocados in the guacamole are a great source of healthy fats, while the brown rice provides whole grains, and the grilled chicken serves as a lean protein. The grilled vegetables add extra nutrients and great flavor! You could even add a leafy green in there for additional nutritional benefits and crunch.
Snack: If you need something in between any of these meals, try munching on a handful of nuts, spicing up a delicious greek yogurt based parfait with berries and oats, or even make yourself a small side salad with an olive oil based dressing, and a top it with avocado and other MIND Diet-friendly toppings!
There are so many ways to create meals that follow the MIND Diet’s recommendations–learn more about the diet and find delicious meal ideas here.
Here at Juniper Glen Transitional Assisted Living and Memory Care, we pride ourselves on providing your loved ones with the best possible care, and we truly believe that involves keeping their minds and bodies fueled with a healthy diet. We look forward to serving you or your loved ones delicious and nutritious meals during their residency here.
Autumn means colder weather, and that could also mean flu season too! It is important to stay warm and safe this season, especially because family and friends are traveling for the holidays!
If you are visiting someone or plan to, make sure you are layering your clothes or dressing appropriately for the weather, staying on top of your health by eating nutritious food, staying active, and getting proper rest. Don't forget to wash your hands and utilize hand sanitizer in public spaces!
Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and that means food and family! People have different ways to prepare for Thanksgiving.
Some plan out a list, down to the activities and conversations that can take place at the dinner table. These people also take out the recipe books and follow the directions to a tee! Others may take the go-with-the-flow approach and wing it! That includes recipes too.
Which group are you in? No matter your approach, we hope that this holiday season is a fulfilling one!