Is there really such a thing as super foods? Yes, there are and they contain minerals and nutrients that can help adults stay healthy and remain active well into old age. Eating well, drinking water, and exercising regularly can actually help our bodies age well and sometimes more slowly. Here are some of those super foods:
Berries are super delicious and super powerful.
They are power packed with antioxidants that make a body strong. They send nutrients to the eyes, brain and even the joints. Blackberries are good for the heart. Berries overall may even fight wrinkles. These are all great reasons to add berries to cereal, smoothies, and nut mixes.
Yogurt is a super food and a very versatile one at that.
The bacteria in yogurt aides in digestion and keeps the GI track healthy. Greek yogurt is a great source of protein. Some brands contain 19 grams of protein in one cup. It helps to read the nutritional labels because some brands have higher sugar content than others.
Oatmeal helps the heart.
Some seniors may remember the old adage that “oatmeal sticks to your ribs.” It’s true. Oatmeal is low-fat, high fiber and packed with protein. It’s not just a sales pitch that oatmeal helps to protect the body from heart disease, colon cancer, and diabetes. It’s true.
Strengthen bones with Kale.
This dark leafy green vegetable is great for the bones and the eyes because it is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin K, calcium and lutein. Kale is also good for the skin because it boosts collagen production. Kale can be sautéed, chopped, and added to a salad, or even added to an adventurous smoothy!
Don’t forget the leafy greens!
Swiss Chard, beet greens, spinach, chard, even parsley and mint are leafy green vegetables that deliver numerous benefits. They can help to prevent premature aging, protect the body from disease and contribute to great skin and strong bones.
Not everyone realizes that watermelon is a superfood. It’s great to reduce muscle soreness and to improve circulation. Watermelon contains an amino acid called citrulline that delivers all those great benefits, and it tastes good. Watermelon can be frozen in chunks and it can even be grilled. Both bring out unique flavors in this super food.Nuts help fight wrinkles as well. They also contain a compound called hyaluronic acid that protects the body from toxins that lead to cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Have fun choosing meals for your senior loved ones, and eat for health!