Age Appropriate Diets
Have you heard of eating age-appropriate? Diet experts told MSNBC there are specific nutrients your body needs as you get older. For example: If you’re in your 20s, it’s time to lay a healthy foundation! Instead of pizza, alcohol and coffee, try skim latte. You’ll get a shot of caffeine, but the non-fat milk has calcium and protein for your bones, and less calories for your waistline. Oatmeal is a great choice because it’s quick to make and full of whole grains. It’s a perfect jolt of nutrition. Don’t forget the vegetables, including spinach! It’s loaded with vitamins, anti-oxidants, calcium and iron! If you’re in your 30s and probably chasing down a career and kids, easy energy-boosters are the key, such as: Non-fat yogurt. The carbs fuel your brain while the protein builds muscle. It’ll also stabilize your blood sugar to help you stay alert and focused. Also, healthy snacks are fantastic if you’re in your 30s. Try peanut butter on whole wheat bread for a mix of slow-burning carbs, protein and healthy fat. If you’re in your 40s, the experts say pay attention to your cholesterol, and feed your heart and your brain. For example: Fatty fish like wild salmon and trout contain omega-3 fatty acid - great for your heart. Beans are full of fiber - which slims the risk of heart disease, and folate, a vitamin that can keep your mind alert. Also, berries are good anti-oxidants, and some – like blackberries and raspberries – are a good source of fiber.
Finally, if you’re in your 50s or beyond, you’re probably trying to maintain a healthy weight. The experts suggest: Egg whites, which are low in calories and full of protein, and red bell peppers! They’re high in water and fiber, and give you lots of Vitamin C. That can lower your risk of arthritis. Also, ginger is super for suppressing chemicals in your body that trigger arthritis pain! Add a little to your oatmeal, tea, soup and more.