Superfoods for Super Seniors

December 1, 2016

Woman with handful of freshly picked organic blueberries

Superfoods are good for your body inside and out. With lots of nutrients but not a lot of calories, they pack a big punch into little bites, and that’s why we love them. Here is a super list of super foods:

  • Blueberries: Blueberries are high in dietary fiber and have more antioxidants than any other fruit or veggie.
  • Beans: Kidney, pinto, black and red beans are all good sources of antioxidants.
  • Salmon: Salmon reduces the risk of heart disease. Strive for 2 servings of salmon a week to reap maximum benefits.
  • Steelcut Oats: Their high fiber content helps improve blood sugar levels in diabetics. Steelcut oats retain more fiber and protein when process, unlike rolled oats.
  • Greek Yogurt: Use greek yogurt as a substitute for sour cream, or eat with fruit and honey for a healthy snack. Greek yogurt is full of probiotics that keep your digestive health in top shape.
  • Coconut Oil: Coconut oil contains healthy fats that helps balance weight. Coconut oil can be used in baked goods, smoothies and in place of butter.
  • Kale: High levels of omega-3 fatty acids fight arthritis and autoimmune disorders. Kale has more iron than beef and more vitamin C than an orange.
  • Cocoa: Cocoa releases endorphins, causing you to feel happy and excited. Cocoa also lowers blood pressure.
  • Eggs: The provide nutrients to the eyes and can help prevent degeneration.
  • Sweet Potato: They’re packed with antioxidants and fiber. One sweet potato gives your body more than the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A.
  • Olive Oil: Improves bone mineralization, preventing and alleviating osteoporosis.
  • Avocado: Eating avocados helps the body absorb other important nutrients. They are another good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Chia Seeds: 1 tablespoon has more calcium than a glass of milk, more omega32s than salmon, and more antioxidants than blueberries. Chia seeds provide energy and enhance cognitive performance to keep your body and mind active
  • Pomegranate: Drink pomegranate juice to get the most heart disease-fighting benefits. Pomegranates decrease bad cholesterol (LDL) and cholesterol plaque build-up.
  • Tea: Tea fights against free radicals that can damage DNA. Drinking 20 ox. Of tea every day for two weeks can double the output of the immune system.
  • Pumpkin: pumpkins are high in potassium—essential for heart and muscles. Pumpkin seeds are just as good for you, boosting your mood and helping your heart.
  • Flaxseed: in order to reap the benefits, flaxseed must be ground prior to consuming. Very high in fiber, which lowers cholesterol and stabilizes blood sugar.
  • Acai Juice: read the label before buying – many juices have added sugar and hardly any real acai. Natural mental stimulator, improving concentration and memory.
  • Walnuts: about 7 walnuts a day is enough to reap the maximum benefits. Helps prevent heart disease and lowers cholesterol.
  • Spinach: Just 1 cup of spinach strengthens the immune system and fights infection. Spinach is healthiest first when juiced, then when cooked, and lastly, when eaten raw.

Make the most of your day by investing in your health one bite at a time! These superfoods will fortify your immune system, making you stronger, healthier, and more alert. Who knew being strong could taste so good? At Tealridge, your nutrition and dining experience is important to us. View a sample menu here.


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