There are many superfoods that are widely known to be packed with essential nutrients; salmon, spinach, and kale come to mind. However, there are also superfoods great for aging seniors that may already be hiding in your pantry, or everyday items you buy at the store that pack a big nutrient punch!
Almost everyone has a silo of old-fashioned oatmeal in the pantry, but lots of folks don’t realize that oatmeal is probably one of the healthiest breakfast foods (or grains for that matter) you can eat. Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber and loaded with iron plus other essential minerals. Add a ½ cup of fresh fruit and you’ve got yourself a truly balanced breakfast.
Keep in mind that if you’re going to incorporate oatmeal into your diet, avoid microwavable oats in the packets which are typically loaded with sugar and lack the nutrients of whole rolled oats.
Raisins have been shown to fight bacteria in the mouth that can cause gum disease and cavities. They can also help aid in digestion, boost iron levels, and keep your bones strong.
Finally, a dessert that’s actually good for you! Dark chocolate (not to be confused with milk chocolate which is loaded with sugar) is high in antioxidants that have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer and help prevent your arteries from clogging. Look for dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa.
As long as you’re not allergic to shellfish, it’s a good idea to incorporate them into your diet at least weekly. Most shellfish like clams, mussels, and shrimp and loaded with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, B12, and potassium. Plus, they’re usually low in calories.
Whole milk yogurt without added sugar is full of probiotic bacteria that can help aid in digestion plus it’s a great source of protein. Look for whole-milk yogurt instead of low fat, which is usually loaded with sugar. Remember, not all fats are bad for you!
Blueberries are a staple food of The MIND Diet, a new diet that has been shown in some studies to help prevent and reduce memory loss. They are packed with soluble fiber, as well as vitamins C and K.
Pears are high in vitamin C and antioxidants, plus soluble fiber that aids in digestion. They have also been shown to help reduce insulin sensitivity for diabetics, which is key for preventing and treating diabetes.