Ideally, smoothies make a perfect meal to start your day or fuel your afternoon snack. Fruit and veggies blended with yogurt or milk is a great way to boost your vitamin, mineral, fiber, antioxidant, and protein intake, right? Sadly, not all smoothies from restaurants are healthful; many are loaded with
Eat a “Rainbow” for Maximum Nutrition
Much of what we said in the previous chapter about vegetables also applies to fruits, including the importance of eating a “rainbow” to get a variety of beneficial phytonutrients. According to the USDA’s MyPlate, women over age 50 should get one and a half
Nutrient-dense cruciferous vegetables fight cancer, lower cholesterol, and more.
What You Eat and When
Choosing what to eat is an important part of your day. The choices you make day in and day out comprise your eating pattern, and studies show that eating patterns can have a significant impact on health. If you’re accustomed to eating most of your meals
If you are serious about maintaining good health as you age, the recently updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans offer a blueprint for doing so via an eating pattern designed to reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. All have been trending upwards in
Fruit and Vegetable Smarts
When your mom told you to eat your fruits and vegetables, she may not have known that those foods are good for your brain—but it was good advice in any case. We’ve seen how an overall healthy dietary pattern can help protect against dementia and cognitive decline.
Color Your Plate
The quickest way to an appetizing, nutritious, and satisfying meal is including plenty of vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables (produce). Both the government’s MyPlate guide and Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults advise filling half of your plate with vegetables and fruits. These plant foods provide fiber and an
One type of algae, spirulina, has been a superfood since the 15th century due to its tremendous nutritional value. Spirulina benefits include improved brain function, decreased allergies, and improved free radical protection.
The Need for Nutrient Density
Another concept emphasized in the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) is nutrient density. You need to consume nutrient-dense foods and beverages to get enough of the nutrients you need without consuming too many calories. Aim to get as much nutritional “bang” for your caloric “bucks”