Did you know? Carrots are chock full of an antioxidant known as beta-carotene that not only helps protect the body from certain diseases, but can also contribute to maintaining healthy skin and digestion. Of note, carrots also contain phytonutrients that can help reduce the risk of colon cancer!
Eating peas can provide not only protein, but fiber to aid in motility of the GI tract. As we age, motility decreases which leads to decreased absorption of nutrients. Try split peas for the most “bang for your buck”—bringing you 16.3g fiber per cup!
Eyesight generally diminishes as we age and unfortunately, some seniors can develop complications with their eyes that include macular degeneration and cataracts. Try including leafy green lettuce and spinach that contain lutein, an antioxidant that can lower the risk of eye disease.
Here’s a great side-dish recipe for savory carrots to get you started! This recipe combines cinnamon with turmeric for a savory and earthy twist on glazed carrots. As an added bonus, turmeric may provide anti-inflammatory benefits to help reduce the risk of chronic disease.
Rebecca Kapsen RDN, LDN
Ebenezer Corporate Registered Dietitian