In the US, citizens enjoy the availability of food in any time of the year. For this reason, a majority of the population probably does not know that in actuality, each type of food has its season. Despite the abundance of access to every type of food we love, eating proper food for the season may help us adapt to the weather better and seasonal eating could eventually make one’s health improve.
For seniors, seasonal eating could help boost one’s mood, physique and health at a high level, and Caring Nurses Services recognizes this fact. Hence, this spring, it would not be a matter of how you cook your meals, but on which ingredients you’ve put in them.
How shall you fill your dining table with a feel of this season?
- Walnuts. Roasted nuts, when frozen to perfection, would be one of your best spring food options. Nuts and seeds, especially walnuts, are harvested during spring season so you should put them on your dining table this season. But it isn’t solely just because it’s already springtime that you should bring them in, because a walnut is a food for the mood. It is full of tryptophan, an amino acid which creates a feel-great substance, serotonin.
- Asparagus. True, you can see asparagus any time of the year at the groceries; but the taste of freshly harvested springtime asparagus is incomparable. Besides, this vegetable is also packed with folate which helps in the production of substances such as dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine that can generally improve your mood.
- Spinach. Best mixed with other colorful vegetables to complete a nutritious salad, spinach during the spring could add a crunch on your springtime meals. These tasty leaves contain a bountiful amount of iron which keeps the blood healthy making our muscles full of energy. In fact, eating even just a few spinach leaves could already power up the efficiency of your mitochondria – the energy producing factories in your cells.
- Artichokes. As an appetizer, tenderly boiled artichokes could be consumed by dipping it in garlic butter sauce. But it can also be eaten through adding it in pasta sauce, salads or pizza. This energy-boosting food is loaded with magnesium, a nutrient which is responsible for at least 300 biochemical reactions inside the body to generate energy.
- Salmon. Who would not care about their skin during springtime? Because of the humidity, the moisture of the skin of an individual, especially those of the elders, could be compromised. To avoid getting wrinkles and sagging skin, eat salmon during the spring. It is full of omega-3s and fatty acids which naturally blocks UV-induced enzymes that cause skin imperfections.
- Strawberries. Will you be able to dismiss the temptation to drink strawberry smoothies or shakes during spring? If you already know that would help you get a smoother complexion due to its antioxidant contents, you might not think twice of consuming them anymore. Additionally, this spring fruit is also a good source of Vitamin C which would effectively reduce risk to wrinkles or dryness of the skin.
Whether spring is your favorite season or not, try to make life even more cheerful by putting springtime feels on your plate. For seniors who already find it difficult to prepare their food, you can always ask the help of your chosen home care agency in Edgewood MD in preparing the dining table for the coming season.
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