breakfast. While most people have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, too many start their day without it. Though breakfast is important for everyone, regardless of age, it's especially essential for seniors. Breakfast provides seniors with the energy and nutrients they to take on the day. In honor of Better Breakfast Month, we're sharing some healthy eating tips for seniors.
Prepare a Healthy Plate
Seniors should start their day with a wholesome breakfast consisting of a lean protein, such as eggs, nuts, or Greek yogurt, plus high-fiber foods like raw fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. A fiber-rich diet helps prevent constipation and supports healthy aging. Fruits and vegetables are also great sources of other essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A, B complex, and C, potassium, folate, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. Dairy products, like milk, cheese and yogurt are equally important for seniors, as they are excellent sources of calcium and Vitamin D, which promote healthy bones.
Cut Back on Salt
While some sodium is good for your body, eating too much is bad for your health. Many processed, frozen, and canned foods are high in sodium. To keep their sodium intake at bay, seniors should avoid sprinkling salt on their meals and stick to eating fresh foods. According to the National Institute of Aging, those aged 51 and older should consume just 1,500 mg of sodium a day.
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