10 Essential Pantry Items To Improve Senior Health

May 10, 2018 9:03:00 AM / by Collington Care Consultant

Eating right plays a huge role in maintaining good health for everyone but is especially crucial for Seniors. Making healthy food choices influences your energy levels, memory, disease prevention, and so much more. Here are some of the essential items to have in your pantry to keep you feeling your best! 

 

1. Oils: Canola and Extra Virgin

Canola oil is one of the healthiest cooking oils since it is low in saturated fats yet contains healthy amounts of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, which the human body cannot produce on its own. Like canola oil, extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is a healthier option, high in monounsaturated fats, which help to lower cholesterol and have other benefits.

Vinegars

 

2. Vinegars: Balsamic, Red Wine, Apple Cider

Vinegar is known for helping with weight loss and cholesterol levels. Using vinegars in salads as a substitute for calorie dense dressings like Caesar, Ranch, and Blue Cheese is a good way to maintain better eating habits and lose weight. Click on these healthy recipes to see how you can implement these vinegars into your diet.

 

3. Spices

Everyone who cooks knows you cannot cook without salt and pepper. What some people do not know is that there are spices out there that are beneficial to your health. Some of which include turmeric, cinnamon, sage, and ginger. 

Whole Grain Pasta

4. Pasta: Whole Grain Pasta, Rice Noodles

Whole grain pasta is high in fiber and can help lower both blood sugar and cholesterol. Rice noodles are a good gluten-free option for when you are craving that al dente bite of pasta.

 

5. Brown Rice

Brown rice is a much healthier alternative to white rice. It helps boost the immune system, aids in reducing diabetes and various cancers, and is a great source of fiber.

 

6. Farro

Farro is an extremely nutritious grain. It’s an excellent source of protein, fiber and nutrients like magnesium, zinc and some B vitamins.

 

Quinoa

7. Quinoa

Quinoa is a relatively new health craze that has swept the nation. Some of the benefits of quinoa are that it is a complete protein and high in fiber and antioxidants.

 

8. Legumes

Not only are beans, peas and lentils inexpensive when you are shopping at the grocery store, but they are rich in protein, complex carbs, and fiber. They are also a good protein substitute for meat.

 

9. Dark ChocolateDark Chocolate

Studies show that eating a minimal amount of dark chocolate can improve heart health. Remember not to eat too much or else the sugar intake will offset the healthy benefits.

 

10. Tea

Tea is rich in antioxidants and is a better alternative to coffee, since it has less caffeine. Tea also contains zero calories, so think twice before adding sweeteners! 

 

For More Tips on Healthy Eating: Check out the Key Foods to Living A Longer Life

 

 

Topics: senior living, health, food, CCRC

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