Healthy Eating Tips for Old Age Persons

1. Know what a healthy plate looks like

You may remember the food pyramid, but the USDA just released a simpler way to show what people should eat every day.

2. Look for important nutrients

Eat a variety of foods to make sure you get all the nutrients you need. Brightly colored foods are always the best choice, so your plate should look like a rainbow.

Lean protein (lean meats, seafood, eggs, beans)
Fruits and vegetables (think orange, red, green, and purple)

A healthy meal should include:

3. Read the Nutrition Facts label

Whole foods are the best for your health. You can usually find these around the outside of the store in the produce, meat, and dairy sections.

4. Use recommended servings

To stay at the same weight, you need to eat the right amount of food for your age and body. The American Heart Association says how much adults over 60 should eat every day.

5. Stay hydrated

Water is also a vital nutrient. Don't let yourself get dehydrated. Drink fluids in small amounts all day long. You should choose tea, coffee, or water.

6. Stretch your food budget

Want to get the most health benefits for your money? When you need it, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help you pay for healthy food.

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