3 Seasonally Inspired Healthy Meals for Seniors

Senior couple with seasonal vegetables at the market.

Spring is in full bloom, and that means a crop of fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits that offer a great source of nutrition and the best taste. Eating foods that are naturally in-season has many health benefits, especially for seniors. Incorporating seasonal foods into your diet can help boost your mood, support your immune system, and help protect against heart disease and changes in your eyesight.

Benefits of Eating Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

Eating seasonally is a good way to get the most out of each meal. Here are a few ways that seasonal meals can benefit your health:

  • Fresh produce has more vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants than foods that are out of season.
  • In-season foods tend to taste better and pack more flavor with each bite.
  • Fruits and vegetables that are sourced from afar are usually picked before they are naturally ripe, decreasing their nutritional value.

You can find plenty of fresh spring produce available in Florida at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. Or, consider setting up a garden of your own to grow your own ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables. The Seasonal Food Guide is a good resource to find out what’s in season in Florida (or any location near you) at any time of the year.

Healthy Seasonal Recipes for Spring

  1. Breakfast Recipe – Kale and Egg Frittata
    A versatile dish that can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this frittata takes only 20 minutes to prepare. Kale and onion are seasonal produce in Florida for the spring, and eggs round out the meal as a filling food that satisfies your hunger.
  2. Lunch Recipe – Spring Vegetable Soup
    This tasty soup is full of an assortment of seasonal vegetables, including tomatoes, green peas and cabbage. Pair it with a sandwich on whole grain bread for a complete and healthy lunch.
  3. Dinner Recipe – Turkey Spinach Salad with Raspberry Dressing
    This meal can be served as a dinner entree or side salad. Featuring turkey as a good source of protein, this salad also includes a healthy dressing mixture of raspberries, cranberry sauce and kiwi for a fruity treat.

Active, Healthy Senior Living at Advent Christian Village

In beautiful Live Oak, Florida, our senior living residents take full advantage of this new season with a variety of engaging food-focused springtime activities that offer an enriching, enjoyable lifestyle. Our garden club and community garden are a popular amenity with our residents, and families can enjoy the nutritious and delicious dining options we have to offer year-round. For more information about our vibrant senior living community, contact us today to schedule a visit.

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