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With the Fourth of July on the horizon, you're probably already making plans for your big cookout with family and friends. If you are a senior attending one of these events, you should not only be focusing on making sure the food you bring is delicious, but also that it promotes healthy senior living. Unfortunately, traditional cookout foods, like hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips and French fries, aren't exactly nutritious.
There are so many wonderful things about salads - they're nutritious, colorful and hearty and can be made in so many different ways. As May is National Salad Month, we're bringing you two unique salad recipes that you can serve as entrees or side dishes at your next dinner party.
Many people try to eat seasonal produce because it usually means the fruit or vegetable is extra fresh and sourced locally. Spring is the time when all sorts of green goodness starts cropping up in vegetable gardens, and one veggie many people look forward to is the artichoke. Artichokes' peak season is March through May, which means it's the perfect time to pick up a few of these prickly looking heads at the farmer's market.
Quinoa is not quite as conventional a grain as pasta, rice or even bulgur wheat, but it's become more mainstream in the past few years. This is good news for those looking out for their health. The hearty grain is not only delicious and easy to prepare, it is a fantastic source of protein, iron and fiber, Cooking Light magazine reports. You can have quinoa ready in about 20 minutes, but make sure you rinse the couscous-sized fibers with water before cooking to prevent a bitter flavor.
Today is National Picnic Day, which means it's time to break out your blanket, picnic basket and, of course, your best picnic recipes. Few foods are as fitting for a picnic as pasta salad. This cold treat can be an entree or play a supporting role to a delicious sandwich, but either way it makes a nutritious addition to any afternoon meal outside.
Tomato Day is celebrated each year on April 6 to commemorate a Supreme Court decision in 1893, which ruled that tomatoes are officially a fruit but can be taxed as a vegetable, according to Food.com. Even if you didn't remember to honor the tomato this past Saturday, you can still celebrate appropriately this week with your favorite tomato-filled dishes!
In honor of National Peanut Month in March, many seniors and their caregivers are looking for ways to improve their diets by cutting unhealthy aspects like added sugars, salts and saturated fats, while boosting antioxidants, protein, fiber and other healthy vitamins and minerals.
Caesar salads are among the most popular types of roughage around, and for good reason. The flavor of the creamy dressing is classic, and the dish gets great texture from croutons, Parmesan cheese and occasionally chicken. Unfortunately, this salad bar favorite is not the healthiest choice - the dressing tends to be loaded with fat, sodium and sugar, and the real roughage beneath it all is your average romaine, whose slim nutritional value is diminished even more when smothered with dressing and topped with fried croutons.