Healthy foods for senior women are essential. Food is a requisite for the human body. The body survives on nutrition, which mainly comes from the food we eat. A healthy diet helps strengthens the immune system, which helps the body to defend itself against cold/flu, obesity, cancers, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, healthy digestion, and also supplies our body with natural energy. As the saying goes, “you are what you eat” and the body depends on healthy sustenance and natural vitamins found in health food. The following will be a discussion of healthy foods that provide the body with adequate nutrition. Adequate nutrition provides the body with a natural barrier against sickness and disease. Balanced nutrition paves the road to a long, healthy life.
Top Twelve Vegetables, Fruits, and Meats in Nutrition
* Beets: edible plants with red, ample roots surrounded with flavorsome greens. Beets are naturally sweet, though not a fan of many. However, beets have natural enzymes that fight against cancers and boost the immune system.
* Broccoli: a plant belonging to the cabbage family with a green, flowered head that can be eaten steamed, boiled, or even raw. Broccoli is rich in dietary fiber which helps keep the digestive system regulated by expelling toxins from the body.
* Kale: a vegetable similar to cabbage with green or purple leaves. Kale contains high levels of beta carotene, vitamin K, and calcium. Kale is flavorful and lowers cholesterol.
* Avocado: is a green tree plant with a soft, inner texture. It contains monounsaturated fats that lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol in the body.
* Blackberry: are grown on bushes and get their dark color from the high amount of antioxidants anthocyanin which studies have shown, helps destroy the forming of lung cancer cells.
* Banana: grown from a tree, similar to a rubber tree. When ripe bananas are a bright, yellow color that is naturally sweet. They contain Vitamin B6 and a large amount of potassium which lowers high blood pressure.
* Chicken: packed with zinc and vitamin B12 which helps strengthen brain activity and boosts the immune system. However, when eating chicken, make sure the chicken is organic, because raised chickens tend to be packed with artificial hormones to increase growth, which causes weight gain in humans.
* Turkey: is a very lean meat containing zinc and tryptophan a brain boosting nutrient. Again, choose organic.
* Venison: normally in the wild and not farmed, and one of the healthiest red meats of all time because it has not been chemically altered. Venison is a heart healthy food.
Venison Vegetable Soup:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound venison, cut into cubes
1 cup diced onion, 1 (16 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables
2 (14.5 ounce) cans peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
4 cups of water
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon of hot pepper sauce.
1. Heat oil in a stock pot or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Brown the venison in the hot oil. Add onion, cover pot and simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until onions are translucent.
2. Stir the mixed vegetables, tomatoes and potatoes. Combine the water, sugar and bouillon, stir into the soup. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and hot pepper sauce. Cover and simmer for at least one hour, or until the meat is tender.
Super Summer Kale Salad
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves chopped
1/2 (16 ounce) package frozen shelled edamame (soybeans), thawed
1/4 red onion, sliced thin
1 cup shredded carrot
2/3 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 cup cashew pieces
1/2 cup shelled, roasted sunflower seeds
1. Whisk sugar, vinegar, salt, pepper, and olive oil together in a bowl until sugar is dissolved; set aside.
2. Toss kale, edamame, red onion, carrot, blueberries, dried cranberries, cashew pieces, and sunflower seeds together in a bowl. Pour about half the dressing over the mixture and toss to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours. Serve remaining dressing on side.
Healthy foods for senior women are pertinent to the welfare of the human body. You are encouraged to experiment with all healthy fruits, vegetables, and meats. This will be an exciting exploration for the patient and home care staff alike. Remember, you are what you eat, so eat healthy!