Crisp Fall air. Crunchy fallen leaves. A sharp bite in the cool breeze. There are plenty of reasons to think about Autumn and a crisp, hearty apple is one more reason! And what a boost that applies can provide for a vitamin-rich diet that focuses on senior nutrition.
Are these familiar names: Delicious, Gala, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Heirloom, Honeycrisp, Fuji, and Winesap? This is a small sampling of apple varieties. Apples come in 7,500 varieties worldwide, and 2,500 of these varieties are grown in the United States.
What better way to focus on better senior nutrition for your loved ones than offering a big, healthy chunk out of a fresh-picked apple?
The health benefits of apples are astounding! Apples are high in fiber, high in water content, and most importantly, low on the glycemic index and is a fair source of vitamin C. According to the Glycemic Index Foundation, if you’re monitoring your blood sugar levels or trying to lose weight, apples provide filling, nutritious volume that may satisfy your appetite while keeping your blood sugar stable. This is a win-win for people who are diabetic, especially seniors.
Eating apples is a simple way to include good nutrition into your senior’s daily meals, whether he or she lives in a senior care facility, has an in-home caregiver, or lives alone. Apples can be eaten in a variety of ways to appeal to anyone’s pallet: raw, baked, fried, cooked, sauteed, steamed, candied, or juiced. Choose what satisfies your senior’s palate and help him or her to enjoy a sweet, healthy, flavorful apple a day! Just remember, the easier the recipe, the easier the senior meal preparation for everyone involved.
How to Add Apples to Your Daily Diet
- Start your day with an apple for breakfast in your oatmeal, cereal, or yogurt, or by itself in slices.
- For lunch, drizzle a little honey in the core of an apple and then bake the apple for 30 minutes.
- At dinner have a mouth-watering slice of apple pie, either homemade or from your local bakery, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- At the end of your day, if you’re searching for that little something sweet, a small glass of cold apple juice can be refreshing and satisfying!
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