What's a Healthy Food Choice? - Making Healthy Choices for Adults Ages 60+

November 10, 2022


When it comes to eating, making a healthy choice means opting for foods that give you energy to do the things you love, while also supplying the nutrition your body needs to function at its best.

Eating from each of the five food groups - fruit, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy - provides your body with a wide range of nutrients. And, eating a variety of foods within each food group further ensures all the combinations of nutrients your body needs to work properly. For example, carrots are high in Vitamin A, which is important for good vision. While broccoli is higher in Vitamin K, which contributes to bone health.

Take a look at your plate the next time you eat. Do you have food from every group? If not, think about how you can start to include all the food groups and your meals. Then, think about ways to include a variety of foods from each food group. If you have grandkids, remember, children learn by watching. So if you eat and try a variety of foods, they will be more likely to try a variety too.

True or false?

It can take up to 15 tastes of a new food to start liking it. This is true for both children and adults. If you haven't tried something in awhile that you think you don't like, maybe it's time to try again!

True or false?

As we age, we may require less calories, yet more nutrients. True! This means that every bite counts. So be sure to eat highly nutritious meals every day.

True or false?

Adults aged 60 and over who dine alone report eating more nutritious meals, more often. False. Eating with other people can improve the quality of your meals, while creating social time that is fun. So try a meal in a social setting or make a standing lunch or dinner date with a friend.

Every stage of life offers opportunities to build healthier habits. Make today one that includes a variety of healthy foods that you enjoy!