• National Nutrition Month

    March 23, 2017
  • March is National Nutrition Month, and United Home Healthcare is happy to share a few helpful healthy eating tips for Indianapolis’ elderly population.

    • Nutrient dense foods like whole, unprocessed high in calories/nutrients are best
      • Healthy fats…nut butters, nuts, seeds, olive oil
      • Whole grains…brown rice, whole wheat bread, oats, whole grain cereal
      • Fresh fruits/vegetables…canned and frozen are also good choices
      • Protein rich beans, legumes and dairy products
    • Appealing foods can stimulate appetite; use herbs, marinades, dressings, and sauces; combining textures such as yogurt/granola can be helpful too
    • Make eating a social event
    • Large meals and eating 3x/s per day are hard for elderly, encourage or plan for several mini-meals throughout the day
    • Take care of any dental problems , which can make healthy eating more difficult
    • If they do not have a way to get proper healthy groceries help them or find someone who will
    • Schedule meals at the same time each day, give visual/verbal reminders when it is time to eat a meal or snack
    • Maintain food storage by keeping canned and non-perishable foods in cupboard in case of emergency