Everything you know about healthy living applies in spades as you age. EatingWell’s food and nutrition editors have chosen recipes for healthy aging that serve 2 and 4 or more, but any EatingWell recipe will fit into a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Pack your diet with fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains and other plant-based foods for their beneficial compounds that may help protect against heart disease, high blood pressure and macular degeneration. Moderate your intake of saturated and trans fats, sugars and alcohol. Keep your weight in check; those extra pounds put you at risk for heart and joint problems, and diabetes. Sometimes supplements can be helpful in meeting your evolving nutritional need as you age: ask your doctor about supplements that may be beneficial, including calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12.
Aging well is also about living well; pleasure is an important aspect of everyday life. Exercise 30 minutes per day to stay healthy. A simple 1/2 hour walk will keep your body and mind in shape by increasing your blood flow and keeping your muscles toned. Relish your meals—and enjoy these delicious recipes for healthy aging. You’ll be on your way to aging well with grace and vigor.