March is a month of new beginnings and celebrations. It’s the start of spring, the days get longer, the weather warms, there’s Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day.
March is also a month for you to start something new with your eating habits. March is “National Nutrition Month®” and the theme of the month is “Celebrate a World of Flavors.”
Yes, great flavors. Good nutrition can be an entry point into good flavors and a way to experience new foods from around the world. Here’s a few ways you can do that at your assisted living community and truly enjoy senior living and your retirement years.
Great flavors starts with choices
Enjoying different flavors from around the world or from different cultures is easier than it might sound. People eat differently in different places, to state the obvious. Here are a few ways you can change things up and jumpstart your nutrition.
For starters, trying new flavors and foods from around the world helps you increase the variety of foods you eat. It’s as simple as choosing a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups. These include fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and protein foods. Eating them in the recommended amounts helps you get the nutrients you need for good health.
One easy way you can improve your nutrition is at breakfast. You can try a smoothie with low-fat yogurt and tropical fruits like pineapple. A Spanish omelet has potatoes and other vegetables, topped with a sprinkle of cheese.
A breakfast with Middle Eastern flare includes whole wheat pita bread topped with slices of tomato, cucumber and even fresh mint. Scottish oatmeal includes low-fat or fat-free milk or fortified soy milk with a topping of fruit and nuts and to sweeten it try honey or cinnamon.
Snacks and other meals
When it comes to snacks, think about variety and don’t reach for sugary or processed foods. Kickstart your nutrition with snacks that healthy eating and flavor.
Snacks that fit this category include raw vegetables with hummus, made with mashed chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic. Vegetables that go with hummus include carrots, bell peppers, avocado, radishes, greens and others.
Another great, flavorful option with some crunch includes whole grain tortilla chips. Guacamole or a salsa made from vegetables or fruit—or both—can add some zing to your snack.
The main thing for you to think about is making better, healthier choices. So it’s not only enjoying other foods and flavors from around the world, but also enjoying better nutrition for healthier elderly living.
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