Autumn is in full swing, which means it’s time to take in the beautiful fall colors. Along with the vibrant orange and red leaves on the trees outside, you’ll also see these colors dominant in the fresh produce aisle of your grocery store. If you care for an aging parent or loved one, Home Care Assistance of the Lehigh Valley recommends the following fall fruits and vegetables to help boost health and immunity this season.
- Apples – Apples have long been touted for numerous health benefits and fall is when these crispy fruits taste best. Apples are full of antioxidants and vitamin C which boost the immune system and fight free radicals. The pectin in apples also decreases the chance of heart disease and fiber helps to regulate the digestive system.
- Cranberries – Cranberries, either fresh or dried, are another great source of vitamin C and fiber. This may be an easier choice for seniors who have trouble eating crunchy foods such as apples. Dried cranberries are also easy to carry along for snacking anytime, and can also be easily added into other healthy meal options such as morning oatmeal or an afternoon salad.
- Brussels Sprouts – Brussels sprouts get a bad rap in childhood, but as adults we can learn to love these tasty little nuggets if prepared correctly. For seniors, they are most definitely worth trying since they are full of folate and iron which can help build and maintain red blood cells. Vitamin K for bone health and vitamin C for a healthy immune system round out the nutrients in this fall favorite.
- Figs – Figs are regaining popularity and for good reason. These delectable little treats provide seniors with plenty of fiber and potassium. They are good both plain and paired with cheese and there are plenty of Thanksgiving and holiday dishes that use figs for a sweet or savory dish.
- Sweet Potatoes – No fall is complete without eating some sweet potatoes. They are low in sodium, have no cholesterol and are packed with vitamins A and C and potassium. These are a traditional dish on many Thanksgiving tables and are a much healthier alternative to regular potatoes.
Interested in learning more about senior nutrition? Reach out to the senior care experts at Home Care Assistance of the Lehigh Valley. While we offer hourly care for seniors in the Lehigh Valley, we also provide live-in care where seniors can receive around-the-clock help with a variety of activities ranging from light housekeeping and personal care to medication reminders and transportation.
See if home care is right for you or an aging parent or loved one and reach out to one of our friendly and experienced Care Managers at 484-350-3874. We offer complimentary in-home consultation where you can get to know our caregiving team and learn more about our services.