Healthy Holiday Eating Tips for Seniors

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The holidays bring with them countless happy memories of festive gatherings and time well spent with family and friends. Each family has its own holiday traditions, but there’s one thing that ties them all together: Food! The month between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day offers an endless supply of feasts and holiday goodies we all look forward to, but it also means lots of opportunities to get off track with a healthy diet.

According to the Harvard Medical School, the physiological changes that come with aging can make it difficult for seniors to get the right nutrients and calorie intake any time of year—set aside the holiday season and the high-fat, low-nutrient temptations it can bring. This holiday season, follow these easy tips to make sure you continue getting the nutrition you need while enjoying the occasional Christmas cookie or Thanksgiving pie.

Introduce Healthy Proteins

The turkey is the undisputed king of Thanksgiving, and many families make a repeat trip to the butcher for another big bird just a few weeks later for Christmas. And while turkey is a healthy protein that’s low in fat and high in vitamins, there’s no reason to limit your family’s protein intake to poultry. Nuts, avocados, and fatty fish like salmon are loaded with healthy fat (something that can’t be said for that slice of pumpkin pie!) and antioxidants, which can help combat cancer and heart disease by protecting cells from the damaging effects of free radicals in the bloodstream.

Focus on the Vegetables

While meat and potatoes are common features on a holiday menu, the vegetable sides offer you the best bang for your buck in terms of healthy vitamins and nutrients. Carrots and broccoli and even the divisive brussels sprouts are high in dietary fiber. This important nutrient requires more energy from your body to process than the simple carbohydrates found in mashed potatoes and dinner rolls. That, in turn, can have a tremendous impact on managing your blood sugar as you enjoy the desserts and sugar-heavy drinks waiting at the end of the meal.

Make Simple Swaps

Many processed foods and simple starches are high in sodium—the greatest threat to good heart health for seniors—and empty calories. By identifying opportunities to swap those ingredients for more nutritious options, you can enjoy many of the same foods you did in your youth without compromising on health. Choose low-sodium cooking broths and stocks and use low-fat cream of mushroom soup for your green bean casserole instead of the full-fat option. Love mashed potatoes? Try swapping out a portion or all of the potatoes for mashed cauliflower instead. Many agree the taste is as good or even better than plain mashed potatoes, with the added benefit of dietary fiber and B-vitamins.

The holidays are all about celebrating the best parts of life, and that includes the special treats we share one time a year. Focus on quality over quantity, and you can enjoy your favorite holiday foods while keeping calorie intake in-check and getting plenty of the nutrients you need.

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Leo LaGrotte
Life Settlement Advisors
llagrotte@lsa-llc.com
1-888-849-0887

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