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Enjoying a healthy dinner out

Senior Wellness | Jun 19, 2015



Eating a nutritious diet helps promote your overall wellness, and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables plays a substantial role in ensuring you live healthily. While eating at home makes getting proper nutrition easier, going out to eat might present a challenge.

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It may be tempting to order a slab of pan-seared ribeye steak with perfect marbling at your favorite restaurant, but it is crucial that you always consider your health. If your doctor instructed you to watch your intake of red meat due to high levels of iron, adhere to these recommendations.

Know why you should eat healthy
Aside from any specific instructions given to you by your health care provider, there are additional foods seniors should integrate into their diets to improve their well-being. According to NIH Senior Health, a resource for older adults, eating a diet rich in vegetables and lean protein has the potential to reduce your risk of heart disease, bone cancer and type 2 diabetes.

"Ask for a side of veggies instead of french fries to incorporate healthier foods into your restaurant meal. "

Delicious tips
When you eat out, ask for a side of veggies instead of french fries to incorporate healthier foods into your restaurant meal. According to choosemyplate.gov, ordering a salad before your meal is a great way to get your daily serving of greens.

Reader's Digest recommended asking your server how foods are typically prepared. If you need to watch your salt intake, consider inquiring about the amount of salt used to season the meal.

You can also download some of the best apps for senior citizens to help you keep track of your dietary needs. Some will even help you keep record of the foods you eat so you can make more nutritious decisions.