If you watch the “Golden Girls”, Blanche, who is the man-hungry member of the group, made a statement that sums up what a lot of us hope our aging years will turn out like. “I don’t mind growing older as long as I still look the same.”
One area where you may need to make some changes is in your diet. When you were younger, you could eat more junk food and get away with it. Now, you need to watch your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and make sure your heart is healthy.
Eating healthy foods can slow down the aging process, and may help prevent diseases such as arthritis and heart disease. You’ll feel more energetic, and want to participate in everything life has to offer.
Here are five anti-aging foods to rock your golden years:
Nuts are a favorite snack, and there are a lot of varieties to choose from. My personal favorites are Brazil nuts, and peanuts. Nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, minerals, and anti-oxidants, which increase brain function. You can eat them plain, or add to your favorite recipes. A word of caution: watch portion size because calories can add up quickly.
This one is my hands-down favorite. What is better than eating a food you love and it is still healthy? Dark chocolate contains flavanols that help support good function in your blood vessels. Healthy blood vessels help you lower your risk of high blood pressure, dementia, kidney disease, and type 2 diabetes. A small portion will let you reap the benefits without padding your waistline.
Fish is not only delicious, but it also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which helps prevent the build-up of cholesterol in your arteries. Look for oily fish such as herring, sardines, albacore tuna, salmon, or halibut. Pan fry in olive oil, or bake in the oven. Add some tossed salad and dinner is served.
A cup of yogurt makes a nice light dessert, but steer clear of the flavored varieties. Look at the food labels and choose yogurt which contains acidophilus. This contains the good bacteria, which helps maintain your digestive health. It also provides calcium, which may reduce your chances of developing osteoporosis.
There are so many things you can do with berries. Slice over cereal, sweeten to pour over cake, mix in a fruit salad, or just eat plain from the container. One benefit of blueberries is that they are rich in antioxidants that help keep memory sharp as you age. Raspberries contain ellagic acid, a compound with anti-cancer properties.
I hope these tips have helped you, because you can’t put a price on your health. Make small changes every day, because you still have a lot of living to do.