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Nutrition Tips for Senior Living Facilities

Posted by Kathryn Wyckoff

June 1, 2017 7:00:00 AM EDT

Silversphere’s Internet Marketing team works with senior living companies who recognize how important food is to their residents. For folks living in retirement communities, eating a meal not only refuels their bodies but refuels their soul through interacting with friends and family. 

The most successful communities put a high focus on their food service and overall dining experience. One aspect of this focus is on preparing quality meals that are not only tasty but also include the right nutrients and ingredients to promote healthy living.

For a long time, the food pyramid has given us a look at a balanced approach to the foods we should be consuming daily. Not everyone has the time to reread the pyramid and build an active schedule to follow, but also understand the risk for serious health issues such as malnutrition. Especially for our aging loved ones in senior living communities, it’s important to eat the right foods to maintain an active lifestyle!

Here's a refresher of the health groups broken down into their respective serving sizes for our aging loved ones. Make a note of the helpful tips in each food group.

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Water – While H2O may not be included in the food pyramid; most folks are drinking water during fitness activities to keep hydrated. However, experts say you should have at least eight glasses a day! Include 2 or 3 more glasses of water during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Grains – Who doesn’t love dipping bread into the gravy? Whole wheat or grain is the most healthy bread choice versus white! Foods such as hot cereal, rice and tortillas can make great meals in combination with ingredients from the other food groups.

Vegetables – There are many jokes out there that suggest we don’t eat our vegetables enough. This is true! For our aging loved ones, vegetables such as corn, peas, and broccoli are great additions to the main course.

Fruit  While the delicious brownies look mighty welcoming, fight that urge and replace them with some delicious grapes, bananas or maybe a nice red apple.

Dairy – There may be folks allergic to dairy products or lactose intolerant so be sure to monitor these situations. If you can consume milk products, yogurt is the top healthiest food item from this category that we should include weekly, if not daily!

Proteins – For many, foods with protein serve as the main dish. Anything from meat to poultry and fish fit into the category of proteins. Meat and poultry choices should be lean or low-fat. When it comes to fish, experts say the more fish, the merrier! Non-meat proteins can also be enjoyed through legumes, quinoa, and soy.

And last but not least…

Sweets – Those delicious cakes, cookies, and other treats are very tempting and get a bad reputation! It’s okay to eat sweets sparingly. If you're going to indulge in something sweet, be sure to drink plenty of fluids and perhaps take a long walk afterward!

Every good food choice is a step in the right direction towards living a healthy and balanced life. For more information on how Silversphere partners with senior living companies, please visit our website.

Topics: Healthy Aging, Nutrition

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