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Sluggish Senior? 7 Energy-Boosting Foods

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Has your senior loved one seemed a little sluggish lately or complained about being tired more than usual? His or her diet could be the culprit. Read on to learn more about the energy-boosting foods the senior care experts at Home Care Assistance of Bloomfield love.

  1. Yogurt
    Yogurt is one of the best sources of riboflavin, a central component to energy production. It’s also packed with protein that provides an instant, long-lasting energy boost.
  2. Almonds
    Manganese, tryptophan, vitamin B2 and vitamin E in almonds provide energy-boosting nutrients. Because almonds help stabilize blood sugar and slow digestion, they help regulate energy.
  3. Bananas
    Potassium-rich bananas slow digestion and give a fuller feeling. They contain sucrose, fructose and glucose and provide an instant and sustained energy boost. Research shows they are the most popular energy-boosting food for athletes.
  4. Leafy Greens
    Not only are leafy greens such as kale, spinach, arugula and lettuce high in folate that enhances mood and aids in lowering depression, they are full of vitamins A, K and C and work to fight off disease and elevate energy levels.
  5. Oatmeal
    Begin the day with an energy boost from soluble fiber. It helps keep blood sugar levels stable and enhances energy levels by slowing down carbohydrate absorption.
  6. Cold Water Fish
    Healthy omega-3 fatty acids found in cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines and halibut increase focus and reduce stress. Fish also contains EPA and DHA known for improved memory and positive energy levels.
  7. Whole Grains
    Unlike processed carbohydrates that offer a quick energy spike and crash, the complex carbohydrates in whole grains help stabilize energy levels and cut the risk of type 2 diabetes. Whole grains include barley, brown rice, whole wheat bread and popcorn.

Interested in learning more about senior health? Turn to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of live-in care in Bloomfield and can help you find the right caregiver to meet your senior loved one’s care needs. Give an experienced Care Manager a call at 248.283.0835 and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.