Our goal here at Southgate at Shrewsbury is to provide programs, facilities, and information that make it easy to enjoy active retirement living in great health for years to come. Several recent blog entries have provided information to this end, describing the 5 Pillars of Brain Health discovered by AARP. This post explores the fourth pillar: Nourish, with information that we hope you find both interesting and gastronomically inspiring.
It’s clear that eating nourishing foods rich with vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients is an important way for seniors to keep their bodies healthy as they age. Now, it’s clear that it can also help them retain a youthful mind. Many studies have demonstrated this over the years, but AARP cites one particularly interesting study from 2015 that showed that a Mediterranean diet high in monounsaturated fats had the potential to protect your brain from memory decline and even disease.
The Mayo Clinic—one of the premier centers for healthcare services and advice in the country—has conducted exciting research that shows that a traditional Mediterranean diet can also work to reduce the risk of heart disease.
“The Mediterranean diet is also associated with a reduced incidence of cancer, and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases,” according to the Mayo Clinic Staff.
Monounsaturated fats are found in food products like olives and olive oil, canola oil, sesame oil, avocados, and nuts. Not only are those delicious ingredients to eat, they are easy to incorporate into your diet. You can start increasing your consumption of these healthy fats this week by replacing some of your current snacks with nuts or olives and by starting meals with salads made with healthy oil-based dressings like vinaigrettes.
Avocado toast is another popular option that is both easy to make and fun to enjoy in endless variations. The popular food and cooking website “The Kitchn” offers simple recipes for jazzing up avocado toast, most of which just require one or two additional ingredients beyond the avocado and bread. One recipe even calls for the addition of olive oil and almonds, bringing the total of monounsaturated fat-rich ingredients up to 3. You can read those recipes here.
Active retirement living communities like Southgate at Shrewsbury provide so many opportunities for seniors to make their retirement living years the most social, active and fulfilling years of all. Take full advantage of these opportunities for many years to come by making a commitment to keep both your brain and body youthful and healthy by nourishing them with the delicious, healthy ingredients of a Mediterranean-style diet.