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Activities for the Elderly

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No matter what age we are, it is important to stay active. That can be just walking once a day, heading to the gym, playing Wii games, or joining a club. If you are in need of some activity ideas, we’ve got you covered!

Clubs

Clubs are a great way to add a bit of structure to your week. They are also a fun time to spend on something you are interested in. Generally we think of book clubs, but clubs can cover almost any topic. Check the local library, as many clubs post fliers there, or head online to find more specific clubs. If you are interested in board games, you’re likely to find someone else in town with the same passion. If you can’t find a group, create your own! Make and post some fliers in community areas to advertise for your club. This is a great way to make new friends and find others who are interested in your favorite things.

Volunteer

Volunteering is a nice way to do something for yourself and others. You are giving back to the community while also staying active and social. Pick an organization that is focused on something you care about. This could be animals, homeless, feeding the hungry, children, and more. Check with those organizations in your area and inquire about volunteer positions. Most of these groups will gladly take your help.

Work

If you find retirement to be a bit boring, maybe you want to find a part time job. Think back to your skills and look for relevant job postings on sites like Craigslist. Maybe you could even create your own business or do some private consulting in your industry.

Exercise

It’s important to exercise at least a few days a week. This could be something as easy as taking a quick walk outside or even getting a gym membership. You can also find many exercises that can be done at home without much equipment. Ask your friends if they want to exercise with you, this will keep you motivated to keep at it. Stay fit and active!

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Quick and Easy Breakfast Recipes

Sometimes it’s not so easy to get out of bed and go make a large, healthy breakfast. Who wants to make all that food, then clean all those dishes!? It’s just too much work. There are easy breakfast recipes out there that can get you the nutrients you need. Your body requires protein, fiber, vitamins, calcium, and more. Here are a few of our favorite breakfast recipes which are made special for seniors.

Oatmeal with Blueberries

Banana Split Oatmeal

1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄3 cup oatmeal, quick-cooking (dry)
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
  • 3⁄4 cups water (very hot)
  • 1⁄2 banana (sliced)
  • 1⁄2 cup frozen yogurt, non-fat

Preparation:

  1. In a microwave safe cereal bowl, mix together the oatmeal and salt. Stir in water.
  2. Microwave on high power for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave on high power for another minute. Stir again.
  3. Microwave an additional 30-60 seconds on high power until the cereal reaches the desired thickness. Stir again.
  4. Top with banana slices and frozen yogurt.

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Breakfast Barley with Banana & Sunflower Seeds

1 serving

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup uncooked quick-cooking pearl barley
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted salted sunflower seeds
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Preparation:

  1. Combine 2/3 cup water and barley in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH 6 minutes.
  2. Stir and let stand 2 minutes.
  3. Top with banana slices, sunflower seeds, and honey.

Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons orange-mango fat-free yogurt (such as Dannon)
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seed salad dressing
  • 2 cups halved strawberries
  • 2 cups cubed pineapple
  • 1 cup honeydew melon balls
  • 1 cup cantaloupe balls
  • 12 Boston lettuce leaves

Preparation:

  1. Combine yogurt and salad dressing in a small bowl; stir well with a whisk.
  2. Combine strawberries, pineapple, and melon balls in a large bowl, tossing gently.
  3. Line each of 6 plates with 2 lettuce leaves; spoon 1 cup fruit mixture onto each plate.
  4. Drizzle each salad with 1 tablespoon dressing. Serve immediately.

Healthy Breakfast Frittata

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 medium onion, minced
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 lb ground lamb or turkey
  • 1 + 2 TBS chicken broth
  • 3 cups rinsed and finely chopped kale (stems removed)
  • 5 omega-3 enriched eggs
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. Mince onion and chop garlic; let them sit for 5 minutes to enhance their health-promoting benefits.
  2. Preheat broiler on low.
  3. Heat 1 TBS broth in a 9-10 inch stainless steel skillet. Sauté onion over medium heat, for about 3 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add garlic, ground lamb or turkey, and cook for another 3 minutes on medium heat, breaking up clumps.
  5. Add kale and 2 TBS broth. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook covered for about 5 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and mix.
  6. Beat eggs, season with a pinch of salt and pepper, and pour on top of mixture evenly. Cook on low for another 2 minutes without stirring.
  7. Place skillet under broiler in middle of oven, about 7 inches from the heat source so it has time to cook without the top burning. As soon as the eggs are firm, it is done, about 2-3 minutes.


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Healthy Snacks for Seniors

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If you are a senior on the go, you know hunger can strike at any minute. If you happen to be walking through the grocery store, your hunger will cause you to go food crazy. You may start grabbing any food that catches your eye, then end up back home with food you didn’t really need! It’s important to plan ahead when you’re heading out for the day or doing errands. You will want to have some healthy, convenient snacks that you can carry and eat while you are out. This can be a granola bar, fruit, sunflower seeds, and so much more. Get creative with your snacks!

New and Creative

Beet Chips with Curried Yogurt

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp plain, low-fat greek yogurt
  • ⅛-¼ tsp curry powder
  • 1 cup beet chips

Mix the curry powder with the Greek yogurt. Dip the chips and enjoy!

Hazelnut-Chocolate Spread and Banana Crackers

Ingredients

  • Your favorite crisp crackers
  • 1 tsp chocolate-hazelnut spread
  • Sliced banana

Spread the chocolate-hazelnut on the crackers and top with sliced bananas.

Banana, Kale, and Almond Milk Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 pureed banana
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 cup almond milk

Mix together the ingredients in a blender, pour into a cup and enjoy.

Healthy Snacks

Fresh Fruit

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Orange
  • Strawberries
  • Berries

Vegetables

  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Celery

Nuts

  • Walnuts (great for your heart)
  • Peanuts (great for the brain)
  • Almonds (helps disease prevention)

Cheese

  • Swiss (great for calcium, protein, and B12)
  • Cheddar (calcium and protein)
  • Mozzarella
  • Colby
  • Monterey Jack
  • Ricotta (great to mix in a smoothie)

Convenient Snacks

Rice Cakes

Pretzels

Dried Fruit

Granola

Granola Bars

Popcorn


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Why We Eat Fruits

Fruits are an essential part of our diet. We’ve been told this since we were young, and continue to be told to eat them daily. It’s recommended that you eat about 2-2 ½ cups each day. Fruits have been known to help reduce the risk for diseases like type-2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. But why? Below we’ll discuss some of the properties that make fruit a critical part of any meal. Also included is a comprehensive infographic which will explain in detail the important health aspects of the different fruits.

Rich in Fiber

Fruits provide a great source fiber. This fiber is important to keeping your body feeling full. It also assists your digestive system, keeping it regulated. If you lack fiber in your diet, you may need to take fiber in the form of a supplement.

Convenient

Many fruits like apples, oranges, and grapes are easy to carry around with you. They are great to eat on the go or have in addition to your meal. So wash your fruit, pack it in a ziploc bag, and bring it in your bag to eat whenever you get hungry. If you happen to own a juicer, you can easily pack your daily fruit needs into a quick drink. Fruits are nutritious in any form, whether they’re fresh, frozen, canned, or juiced.

Vitamins & Minerals

Fruits like oranges contain essential vitamins like vitamin C. Kiwis actually have more vitamin C than oranges! You can eat kiwis even with the skin on them. Bananas are known to be a great source of potassium while peaches are full of vitamin A.

Variety

There are not many people who don’t like at least some kind of fruit. The amount of fruit out there is so diverse. There are really sweet tasting fruits like strawberries and kiwis and less sweet ones like bananas.

Versatile

Fruits can also be incorporated into many meals. Make a fruit smoothie, or add some bananas or blueberries to your pancakes. Eat them plain or even add spices to enhance the flavor of fruits like mangoes.