Smart 55: Food your body needs

Adults over 55 can feel better immediately and stay healthy for the future by choosing healthy foods.

Adults over 55 can feel better immediately and stay healthy for the future by choosing healthy foods.

Fruit: Focus on whole fruits rather than juices for more fibre and vitamins and aim for one and a half to two servings or more each day.

Veggies: Colour is your credo in this category. Choose antioxidant-rich dark, leafy greens, such as kale, spinach, and broccoli as well as orange and yellow vegetables, such as carrots, squash, and yams.

Calcium: Maintaining bone health as you age depends on adequate calcium intake to prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures. Older adults need 1,200 mg of calcium a day.

Grains: Be smart with your carbs and choose whole grains over processed white flour for more nutrients and more fibre. If you’re not sure, look for pasta, breads, and cereals that list “whole” in the ingredient list.

Protein: As you age, eating sufficient high-quality protein can improve your mood, boost your resistance to stress, anxiety, and depression, and even help you think clearly.

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