It is unfortunate that one out of every three seniors in the United States battles with at least one medical condition. And it is even more unfortunate that years of eating unhealthy foods added to the poor health conditions for aged ones. So, the best time to start eating healthy foods is now. On that note, here are some healthy foods that should make your diet.
1. Dairy Products
Some dairy products are very healthy but not all of them. Cheese is very healthy and highly nutritious. The nutrients in a single slice of cheese are what you will get in a cup of milk. Whole milk is also very healthy. It is high in vitamins, animal protein, healthy fats, and minerals. Yogurt is as healthy as milk.
2. Fats and Oils
Butter from grass-fed cows is very healthy and nutritious. It contains numerous nutrients including vitamin K2. That is the kind of butter you should always take. Apart from containing fatty acids, it has been discovered that coconut oil works against Alzheimer’s disease. If you know how many elderly ones suffering from this disease, you’ll appreciate coconut oil even more.
It is believed that legumes have anti-nutrients that hinder absorption and digestion. Well, that is not completely true. Not all of them have anti-nutrients and for those that have it, you only need to soak them in water for a few hours before preparing them to get rid of the anti-nutrients. That said, kidney beans and green beans are very nutritious and they are healthy as well.
4. Home-made Bread
What scares people away from bread is its high carbohydrate content. Some home-made breads are low in carbs. Besides, you can get a recipe for low-carb bread and make yours. Wheat bread is also low in carbohydrate. You can try that as well.
The problem with grains is that they are high in carbs but their facilitation of absorption and digestion seems to be a good trade-off. However, some grains have relatively lower carbohydrate when compared to others. You are good with oats, brown rice, and quinoa. They all contain fibers and a lot of vitamins but quinoa adds some plant-based protein to its package.
6. Fish and other sea-foods
Fish and other sea-foods are super-healthy and they are highly nutritious. In fact, this list will not be complete without mentioning sea foods. What really distinguishes them is having a lot of iodine and Omega-3 fatty acids. A lot of people lack or do not have enough of the two nutrients. So, you can keep enjoying your Tuna, Trout, Shrimp, Shellfish, Sardines, Salmon, and many more.
7. Almighty Veggies
You were probably thinking the list will omit vegetables? Hell no! Vegetables are too healthy and nutritious to miss this list. Enjoy them as you like – Kale, Garlic, Onions, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Carrots, Broccoli, Bell Peppers, Asparagus, and more.
8. Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are crunchy, tasty, and they are rich in vitamins and minerals. Most of all, they require zero preparation. Enjoy them – Peanuts, Walnuts, Coconuts, Chia Seeds, and Almonds, just to mention a few.
Several years ago, people avoided eggs because it is thought to be high in cholesterol but new studies revealed that it is safe, healthy, and it contains a lot of nutrients.
10. Fruits Fruits Fruits!
Fruits and berries are very nutritious and they are healthy. You can incorporate them in your diet. In addition, there are so many of them so you have a wide variety of fruits to choose from. Strawberries, Oranges, Blueberries, Bananas, Avocados, and Apples – which is your favorite?
There are many other healthy foods that are not on this list. Nevertheless, you are good with all the ones mentioned above. Most importantly, you can add some daily exercises to the equation and you will remain healthy and fit all the time.