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It’s that time of the week again, sitting down and figuring out what to do for your meals this week. We all need to ensure that we have a nutritious diet so that our bodies can keep up with us and all our activities. As we age, our bodies need more care and healthy food than when we are younger. Living off of pasta, pizza and chips is never healthy for anyone, but it becomes unhealthier for you the older you get.

So that brings in the question, what should you eat? Granted, you want to be healthy, but you also want to ensure you enjoy what you eat. Making a meal plan is one of the best to ensure that both goals are met. The following post will list the food groups to focus on, why, and examples of the foods you can eat that will fulfill those needs.

Food with the Best Nutritional Value:

Proteins – Proteins are the building blocks of life and are essential for repairing and maintaining our tissues and gaining body strength. They are the main components of all the cells in our body. The best foods that you can get protein from include:

  • Lean Beef
  • Chicken
  • White Fish
  • Tofu
  • Eggs

Fruits and Vegetables – Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre, and nutrients. More importantly, you need to have a variety of fruits and vegetables to gain the wide variety of benefits they offer. Plus, fruits and vegetables can have a wide range of shapes, textures, and flavours, so you can keep them varied if you like and have an excuse to try out new meals. Some good examples of fruits and vegetables to incorporate into your meals include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Bananas
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Cucumbers

Probiotics – Probiotics are the good bacteria that we want in our meals and bodies. Good bacteria can assist in digesting foods and absorbing all their nutrients. Additionally, probiotics can produce the vitamins needed in the intestinal tract, such as folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12, and niacin. The foods you can eat will help introduce more probiotics into your system include:

  • Yogurt
  • Miso
  • Buttermilk
  • Kimchi
  • Gouda Cheese

Dietary Fats – There are good fats and bad fats. Good fats are needed to have energy and vitamin absorption, and they play an important role in protecting your overall health. Foods that have goods fats and can incorporate into your diet include:

  • Avocados
  • Nuts
  • Coconut Oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Chia Seeds

These are just a few ideas of foods to incorporate into your meals, and if you’re at a loss of just what kinds of foods you can make or have these foods added into, give Royalty Care a call at (705)-725-1600 and we’ll be happy to help you make healthy and tasteful meal plans for you or your loved one.