Jun 1, 2017 by Comfort Keepers Blogging Team
Summer foods with surprising health benefits.
The days are finally getting warmer and longer, inspiring people to engage in backyard gatherings and midday picnics. Even if your elderly one isn’t able to take part in the traditions outdoors, you can introduce seasonal celebrations into their lives through food. Many popular warm-weather foods even offer the added bonus of helping a senior get the nutrients they need to remain healthy.
Check out these summer-seasonal foods with positive, healthy benefits!
Watermelon: Synonymous with summer, this juicy fruit is low-fat, full of lycopene (an antioxidant), and packed with potassium. Lycopene is an antioxidant that has been shown to combat certain forms of cancer and heart disease.
Oranges: This sweet citrus is rich in potassium, a nutrient that’s crucial in the summer. You lose potassium through sweat, which puts you at risk for muscle cramps. Eating oranges will help to replenish your supply and keep muscle cramps away!
Celery: Whether you’re dipping it in hummus or chopping it into a salad, you’ll want to load up on celery this season. Celery acts as a diuretic, helping you to lose excess water weight without causing dehydration. The ingredients stimulate your kidneys, causing them to flush waste and extra fluid from your body, which beats bloating.
Green Tea: If you’re looking for a drink that’s more exciting than water, you may want to go green. Green tea is the perfect way to supplement your water intake while it’s hot outside. Studies show that it helps to fight cancer, lower cholesterol, revving your metabolism and even keeping dementia at bay.
Nuts: Present at almost any summer get together as a pre-meal snack, nuts are full of goodness. Snack on almonds, cashews, and peanuts to get your fill of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which can lower bad cholesterol levels.
Apricots, peaches, and nectarines: Fresh or fried, nectarines are a solid choice of dietary fiber. Both nectarines and apricots are rich in vitamin A and the antioxidant betacarotene, while peaches are packed with vitamin C!
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