Even those that load up their plates with fresh produce, whole grains, and lean protein sources might not be getting all of the nutrients offered by those foods. Here, Toronto Home Care Assistance provides a quick look at some tips seniors can use to make sure they get the most out of every bite of food they take.
From the moment produce is picked from a bush or pulled from the ground, it will begin to lose nutrients. One way to minimize the nutrients that are lost is to buy local from farmer’s markets or grow your own food.
Skip the Boiling
Many foods will lose up to 55 percent of their nutrients if they are boiled. Some alternative cooking methods that you might want to consider include blanching, steaming, and roasting.
Store Them Correctly
Storing your fruits and vegetables the right way will maintain their flavors and limit wasted nutrients. As a general rule, root vegetables should be stored in a cool and dry place away from sunlight. Most fruits (except berries) can be kept at room temperature and out of the sunlight.
Keep the Food Simple
Keeping a list of all the macronutrients and micronutrients that are being eaten is impractical for most people. Those that are overwhelmed with revamping their diet should focus on eating a variety of fresh produce with a few helpings of lean protein and whole grains every day.
Listen to Your Body
Everyone reacts to food in a different manner, and those who experience an adverse reaction to what they eat won’t be able to absorb very many nutrients. If something seems to be causing an unusual or uncomfortable reaction, there is sure to be an alternative out there.
Learn more about senior health and wellbeing by reaching out to Home Care Assistance. We’re a trusted provider of hourly, live-in, stroke, dementia, and Alzheimer’s care in Toronto, ensuring seniors have the help they need to remain in the comfort of home regardless of personal ability. To learn more, please call (416) 488-8777 and speak with a dedicated Care Manager.