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Summertime Healthy Eating Tips For Seniors

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As warmer weather approaches, your taste buds are likely ready for something new, refreshing and tasty. Serving up summer recipes and dishes is not as hard as it may seem; sometimes it’s as easy as simply finding the right recipes. With this blog, you can learn how to achieve clean eating during warmer months, helpful tips for finding fresh produce by season and a new summer-inspired recipe to try at home.

salad prepared by the storypoint dining team

With this blog, you can learn how to achieve clean eating during warmer months, helpful tips for finding fresh produce by season and a new summer-inspired recipe for seniors to try at home.

How To Achieve Clean Eating During The Summer

So what is clean eating? Clean eating has many different definitions, but according to the American Heart Association, clean eating means eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Avoiding canned and frozen fruits and vegetables with salty sauces and high sugars is a great start, too. Clean does not always mean fresh, so if you already have canned or frozen, wash them to rinse out some of the additional additives. 

storypoint chef preparing a meal

To help you stay on track with clean eating during the summer, remember to keep fruits and vegetables fully stocked. Having fresh produce allows for easy and healthy snacking throughout the day. Planning also will help to keep your healthy eating on track. If you plan to spend the day at the park or with loved ones on a bike ride, pack your snacks to-go so you can have healthy choices at hand. 

At StoryPoint, our Executive Chefs use fresh and in-season produce for all meals. We partner with local farmers to make sure our residents receive the best ingredients and dining experiences. We also love to hear from our residents, so getting feedback and making dishes they love is just one of the many perks of StoryPoint.

What Produce Is In-Season?

It can be hard to choose and decide which fruits and vegetables to buy based on the season. For help, follow this seasonal produce guide for a year-round seasonality plan. 

woman with her hands full of in-season vegetables

When produce is in season, prices are often lower so that you can get more for your money when at the grocery store. Below are some of the best choices based on seasonality:

  • Summer: Apples, blueberries, beets, carrots, corn, green beans
  • Fall: Cabbage, cranberries, grapes, mushrooms, spinach, sweet potatoes
  • Winter: Avocados, bananas, celery, grapefruit, onions, oranges
  • Spring: Asparagus, broccoli, kale, lemons, peas, pineapple 

Try This Summer Recipe

When cooking in the summer, you want meals that are quick and easy so you can spend more time enjoying those summer activities. This Italian Sausage and Veggies summer recipe uses vegetables that pair perfectly with the warmer months and uses just one pan. Clean eating is more than only fruits and vegetables, so be sure to include lean meats and whole-grains too.

Related: How Nutrition Can Improve Your Bone Health 

We Prioritize Nutrition

If you are looking for a community that serves up fresh, homemade and nutritional meals, then StoryPoint could be the place for you. Contact our team today to learn more about our dining experiences. 

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