May is finally here, and that means the farmers markets are opening all over the Colorado area! The locations in Littleton, Denver, Highlands Ranch, Wheat Ridge, Aurora and Broomfield are all opening on the weekends so you can help support our local farmers and eat healthier.
If you are working on getting or staying in shape, the things you eat can make as big of a difference as the exercises you do. You need to be able to fuel your body, while avoiding as much of the chemicals and hormones found in many national food growers and livestock industries.
Buying much of your food from your local farmers market will help you make sure you know exactly what you're eating, and you know it's fresh! You're also helping to support your local family farmers, so they can continue to bring you wonderful fresh and healthy foods without the extra stuff. It's really a win-win situation! You can visit the Metro Denver Farmers Market website http://www.denverfarmersmarket.com/ for more info, as well as exact locations, recipes, events and news.
Fresh Foods Seniors Should Look For and Why
All fresh fruits and vegetables should be eaten for your array of vitamins and antioxidants, as well as fiber. Taking fiber supplements might not be the right choice for some people, as many seniors find that they have a sensitive digestive tract, even if they find themselves getting constipated.
Vitamin supplements aren't absorbed into the body as easily as real fruits and vegetables are, therefore eating fresh fruits is the better way to go. Antioxidants are found mainly in dark fruits and veggies and work to prevent cancer, and generally help rid the body of free radicals that promote degeneration of the body.
Protein – 0.5 Grams of it Per Pound of Your Bodyweight!
This is the rule for protein you should follow if you are over 50. For example, if you are a woman over the age of 50 who is 130 lbs, will need 65 grams of protein a day. A serving of tuna is 40 grams of protein, so right there is over half the daily amount of protein she would need. This is the recommended amount per day for those over 50, but if you can only reach it most of the way most of the time, you are doing well.
At your local farmers market, look for fresh eggs, locally raised chickens and nuts. Some red meat every now and then is all right for most people, but you should cut down on it for the most part. Lean chicken, eggs and nuts are the best way to go about getting your protein. Nuts like almonds contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for your whole body and overall health. Cold water fish contain high amounts of omega-3 as well.
Cut out the LDL “bad” cholesterol and additives in cooking oils and go for locally grown and made olive oils and avacadoes and flaxseed, which contain HDL, which is good cholesterol.