As people age, it’s important to focus on the quality of the foods they eat. Our calorie needs (and appetites) dwindle as we age, so making sure you get the best nutrient bang for your buck is vital.
According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, older adults fall short on nutrients such as calcium, dietary fiber, protein and vitamin B12. Grain foods help deliver these nutrients.
Below are some fantastic options that include the most vital food groups for men over 50:
- Breakfast cereal is both a good source of fiber (3g or more per serving) and low in sugar (less than 10g per serving). Most breakfast cereals are loaded with nutrients. Pair with low-fat milk for extra calcium and protein, and fruit for added fiber.
- Bread. It is widely known that whole grain bread is a great source for fiber and B-vitamins but don’t let that be your only deciding factor when choosing your next loaf. There are many enriched bread brands that have been fortified with added fiber and other nutrients making them a nutrient-packed choice. Sandwich that bread around some protein packed tuna (or other lean proteins) and veggies for a well-balanced nutritious meal – just go light on the mayo.
- Pasta. Traditional pasta isn’t whole grain (although you can find some varieties of whole grain pasta). Regular pasta is a terrific choice for people looking to boost fiber and protein. That’s because the type of wheat used for pasta – semolina – is naturally higher in protein and fiber. In addition to the nutrients pasta provides, it pairs well with other nutritious foods such as canned crushed tomatoes, meatballs made with lean meat, etc.
Maintaining a balanced diet throughout our lifetimes is essential, but focusing on getting those essential nutrients like fiber, protein, and vitamins is especially important later in life for both physical and mental wellness.
You can learn more about the nutritional benefits of grains here and browse new recipe options here to be sure to incorporate some nutrient-rich grains into your daily routine.