As summer temperatures heat up more than ever, the thought of cooking a hot meal in a hot kitchen often loses its appeal. Yet at The Glen at Lake Oconee Village senior living community, we know good nutrition is important every month of the year, especially for those age 50 and above.
The good news: There are ways to enjoy delicious dining with the nutrients you need and never break a sweat!
Eat lots of fruit. Summer is the peak season for lots of berries and fruits. Watermelon is not only 90% water, it is a source of cancer-fighting lycopene. Red, purple and blue fruit supply antioxidants and also offer valuable fiber. The fresh salad and fruit bar at The Glen is a popular choice for residents looking for lighter fare in the summer.
Second, be smart about your snacks.Pre-cut fruits and vegetables and keep them on hand. Pair them with dips made with beans, spinach or Greek yogurt for a tasty break. Remember you can freeze fruit for eating later. This is especially important since our taste buds and sense of smell tends to weaken as we age, so we are more tempted to eat processed foods high in fat, sugar and salt. Fresh is better!
It’s also important to make sure you eat a variety of foods.In fact, your plate should look like a rainbow, with bright, colored foods. Everyday life in a senior living community such as The Glen means having heart healthy choices at mealtimes, and also offers the advantage of not having to walk outside or drive in the heat when you’re hungry. And no standing over a hot stove or doing the dishes!
Light is always a good idea.Heavy foods such as meat and cheese make the body work harder to digest, use more water and generate more body heat. Seafood is a good substitute. In fact, shrimp are high in protein and low in calories. The chef at The Glen makes sure that the daily menus always include a wide variety of choices for every appetite.
Drink plenty of fluids.Even if you’re not thirsty, sip on some water. Seniors tend to not feel thirst as quickly as younger folks. So, it’s especially important to stay hydrated when the days grow long and steamy. If you’re headed out for a walk, take along some water. Put a bottle in the golf bag. Take it to the pool. Just as eating light and right is essential, so is being sure you are getting enough fluids.
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