Nutrition isn’t just important for growing toddlers or those middle-aged folks aiming to maintain their figure. Nutrition matters at every age and is especially important for seniors! At Errand Works, we frequently work with senior clients and understand the challenges associated with maintaining a balanced, healthy diet for the elderly, who are often on fixed incomes. The tools and information below can help you maintain optimal nutrition.
Nutrition Labels Are Your Friend
Make it a habit to read the nutrition labels. You can easily keep track of:
- Serving size
- Percentage of vital vitamins and nutrients
Use these labels to build a balanced diet and to be sure your loved one is eating enough quality calories each day.
Build Your Diet With MyPlate
Remember the basic food pyramid? The USDA has revamped that graphic and turned it into an interactive website called ChooseMyPlate.gov. On the site, you’ll find the building blocks for a healthy diet and a helpful graphic showing the proper nutritional balance to follow at each meal. Your plate should have items from each of the five food groups in the portions suggested. Visit the website to learn more.
Taste the Rainbow
If you’re not into reading labels or using online tools, there’s another simple healthy rule to keep in mind — eat a rainbow of foods. This means filling your plate with foods of a variety of colors. By eating a wide array of colorful fruits and vegetables, you’ll be sure to consume a multitude of needed vitamins and minerals.
Get creative with your meals. Add orange and yellow peppers to salad or stir fry. Add beets to your salad. Try pomegranates or plums as snacks. Take a stroll through the produce section or a local farmer’s market to add color to your diet. And try eating what’s in season to make grocery costs easier on your budget.
Following Special Diets
Oftentimes as we age, our doctors order special diets. Whether to reduce sodium to protect our heart or to soften the texture of foods for swallowing and digestive concerns, it’s important to follow the orders. This can sometimes make food less exciting or appealing for seniors, so it’s important to get creative. Use salt substitutes to flavor up meals, or cook old favorites a few minutes longer to get them to the appropriate consistency. If you’re struggling with the constraints of your new diet, speak with a nutritionist for creative ways to keep food appetizing without compromising your health.
Errand Works’ Senior Services
Good nutrition offers the foundation for good health. At Errand Works, we know that it can be difficult to make frequent trips to the grocery store and find the energy to prepare healthy meals as you age. And for those caring for aged loved ones, we understand how tough it can be to find the time to run the extra errands and prepare additional meals. Our senior services can help. Whether you need prescriptions picked up, groceries purchased and put away in the pantry, or an appointment companion, Errand Works has you covered. Our compassionate errand runners can cater to your needs or the needs of a senior you love. Call us today to get started!
Errand Works, LLC, is licensed, bonded and insured. Every errand runner must pass a Virginia State Criminal Background Check prior to being hired. In addition, each errand runner is a Virginia State Notary. Errand Works currently serves Prince William County, Fauquier County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County and the surrounding areas.