By Dr. Ebi Ofrey CEO GeroCare

Are you prepared to learn the inside scoop on older persons’ healthy eating practices in Nigeria? I won’t bore you with a bunch of scientific jargon, so don’t worry. Let’s instead discuss how to eat for a long and happy life without compromising flavor or enjoyment!

What should one eat for the best possible health and longevity? Well, getting those nutrients in is key! In order to do this, eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy. You don’t have to eat bland cuisine all the time, I assure you. These nutrient-dense foods can be included in your meals in a variety of delectable and gratifying ways.

Let’s begin with the supermarket’s produce section. Vegetables and fruits act as nature’s multivitamin. They are stuffed with the fiber, vitamins, and minerals that our bodies need. The best thing, though? They come in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes. You have the option of going salty with lush greens and vibrant peppers or sweet with luscious pineapples and watermelons. You may either add them to salads, soups, and stews or snack on them. There are countless options!

Let’s now discuss grains. Use entire grains such as brown rice, whole wheat bread instead of boring white bread. In addition to providing, you with the energy you need to face the day, they are packed with fiber, which can aid with digestion. Consider experimenting with some unusual grains, like millet, if you’re feeling daring. You never know—you might find a new favorite!

Of course, protein is important as well. For those following a plant-based diet, beans, and lentils, as well as lean meats like chicken and fish, are excellent choices. Also, add some shrimp or scallops to the dish if you’re feeling fancy. They taste great and are a great source of protein.
I’m aware of your thoughts at this point. Where are the good things? What are the delights and sweets that make life worthwhile? So, here’s the situation. Moderation is key; you don’t have to completely give up your favorite snacks and desserts.

Try substituting a piece of fresh fruit or some dark chocolate for that daily candy bar or bowl of ice cream. And if you’re feeling fancy, bake some handmade muffins or cookies with honey or maple syrup as the sweetener of choice.
Last but not least, remember to hydrate! The healthiest option is water, but if you want something a little more flavorful, consider herbal tea or low-fat milk. If you’re feeling very daring, add some sliced fruit or fresh herbs for a taste boost.
There you have it, then. Never forget that moderation and balance are key. Try new foods and play around with flavors and textures without hesitation. Most importantly, enjoy yourself while doing it!


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