It’s always a good idea to pay attention to what you eat, but as you grow older, nutrition plays an even more important role in maintaining your health and body. Knowing which foods are best for seniors’ nutrition is crucial for a senior’s diet. The Pillars Senior Living community is proud to offer a menu featuring many of the following colorful foods that bolster nutrition to ensure your loved one remains happy, healthy, and well-nourished.
Pasta, rice, and bread made with whole grains give you more nutrients and fewer calories than the versions of those same foods made with white flour. Oatmeal and raisins paired with whole-grain toast topped with blueberry or strawberry fruit preserves can make for a delicious, filling, and healthy breakfast. Swapping out white rice and pasta for their whole-grain counterparts is another easy way to add more nutrients to your senior’s diet.
Nuts & Seeds
Nuts and seeds are perfect for snacking and provide you with much more nutrition than calorie-heavy, nutrient-deficient snack foods like potato or corn chips. Some are even rich in antioxidants. Walnuts, pistachios, and almonds can be eaten alone, paired with dried prunes or cranberries, or used as a topping for yogurts or salads. Seeds like chia seeds and quinoa can be mixed into other foods to provide extra nutrients and flavor.
Dark Leafy Greens
Greens like spinach, kale, and arugula are chock-full of Vitamin K, which helps maintain bone strength. Spinach can be eaten raw in a salad with oil and vinegar, but when cooked, it works as an excellent side dish to nutrient-rich foods like salmon.
Brightly Colored Berries
Technically, cherries are drupes, and raspberries are aggregate fruits, but both are considered culinary berries. These fruits, along with blueberries, are high in vitamins and antioxidants and make for great snack foods, preserves, or even healthy desserts. Nutritionists point to vividly-colored fruits as the healthiest ones, but these foods are also healthy frozen year-round.
Our blogs feature many other healthy and nutritious recipes and ideas for seniors and their loved ones. Check out our blog, Lasting Health: Healthy Foods for Seniors to Eat, for even more ideas!
Nutrition for Seniors at The Pillars Senior Living
At Ebenezer, we offer a restaurant-style dining hall with fresh and seasonal meals that are always crafted with care. From our 5-star chefs, our residents enjoy new menus of made-from-scratch meals. Our signature culinary program is excellent in every way.
- 5-Star Chef-Prepared
- Abundance of Food Choices
- Restaurant-Style Dining
- Dietary Considerations
Looking for other good recipe and snack ideas for the next time you visit your loved one? There are plenty more recipes on our blog page! And our communities offer a broad menu with a wide variety of options for health-conscious seniors, like low-sodium, low-fat, and low-cholesterol meals – visit our About Us page to learn more.