As we age, our metabolism will slow down, which means we need fewer calories than earlier in life. At the same time, however, nutrient needs will stay the same or even increase. Eating healthy is even more important than ever before!
Choose a variety of foods and beverages from each food group to build healthy eating styles. Include choices from all the MyPlate food groups to meet your calorie and nutrient needs when planning or preparing meals and snacks. Read more.
Healthy Eating As We Age
Our daily eating habits change as our bodies get older. Make small adjustments to help you enjoy the foods and beverages you eat and drink.
- Add flavor to foods with spices and herbs instead of salt.
- With age, you may lose some of your sense of thirst. Drink water often.
- Include a variety of different colored vegetables to brighten your plate. Most vegetables are a low-calorie source of nutrients.
Read 10 healthy eating tips for people age 65+ and visit https://www.choosemyplate.gov/older-adults for more information.
American Heart Association - Simple Cooking and Recipes
National Council on Aging - Tips on how to find the best foods for your body and your budget
National Institute on Aging - Tools & Tips
SNAP4CT - Your source for healthy, budget-friendly recipes, farmers markets, & tips for healthier living
Healthy Eating Tips
One of the 10 healthy eating tips is to make eating a social event. Meals are more enjoyable when you eat with others. Check out a senior cafe near you!
Home-Delivered Meals are available to those who are 60 and older, homebound and are unable to prepare or obtain nourishing meals. To find out more and to apply contact:
- LifeBridge Community Services (New Haven Area Residents), 203-752-9919
- TEAM, Inc. (Valley Residents), 203-538-5886 ext. 4225