‘The Boomer Diet’: Whatever Floats Your Oats
We boomers find ourselves at an interesting crossroads in our relationship with food – we know we need to choose the “right” foods for our physical well-being but we still want the emotional connection and enjoyment in what we eat.
We understand that eating well and staying active will help delay the inevitable impacts of aging such as a slowing metabolism, decreased appetite, health issues, diet restrictions or a combination thereof. While basic healthy dietary principles work for us too, sometimes we might not be getting enough of certain key nutrients, such as fiber, protein, calcium, and vitamin D.
And knowing what to eat is confusing with conflicting information about things like sugar, fat, carbs – often leading us to walk away from foods (like oats) that have health benefits they need now more than ever.
In fact, oats are a great food for us – and everybody else! They deliver important nutrition including fiber which helps support heart health and digestive health, vitamins and minerals and provide energy. And, because they are so versatile, it’s easy to transform oats beyond a standard bowl of oatmeal into something flavorful and exciting.
While oats themselves provide several essential nutrients, simple additions can make them even more nutritious. Make oatmeal with low-fat milk to provide protein, calcium, and vitamin D, which help support bone and muscle health. Toss in some berries to plus up the fiber. Drink a glass of orange juice with oatmeal to add vitamin C to breakfast.
So do you eat oats? Tell us your favorite way to incorporate the right foods into your diet!