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Snacktime Solutions For People Above 50

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Nutrition is one of the most significant parts of our lives. It regulates the direction in which our lives go. Moreover, it is an old saying that we are what we eat. The significance of nutrition keeps increasing as we age. 

According to research firm Mintel, about 18 percent of people 55 and above snack every day. Many studies have shown that snacking is an integral part of a healthy diet. It is more significant among older adults. 

According to Dana Hunnes, a senior clinical dietitian at the Ronal Reagan UCLA Medical Center, older adults get full quickly and quit a meal sooner than younger individuals. Also, the Washington Post reports that medication and chewing difficulties are another reason for less desire to eat meals asas the Washington Post reports. 

Many health experts believe that not eating enough during the day can leave a person short of the required calories for daily function. Moreover, older adults find it difficult to get all the required nutrients like protein, magnesium, vitamin B12, and calcium. Right snacking can be very useful in maintaining sufficient energy levels.  

In recent times, snacking is a word that has gained negative connotations. It is often associated with something unhealthy in a person’s diet. But, snacking can be very interesting and healthy at the same time if done properly. 

In a general view, snacking is associated with sugary foods, food with refined carbohydrates, and high saturated fats. These food types are indeed unhealthy and harm an individual’s health. The right food that includes good nutrients is the one an individual should go for, especially the older people, says the Washington Post report. 

Technically speaking, if an individual takes three meals a day, it’s ideal for taking 150-200 calories through snacks. And those who consume light meals can go for 300-400 calories through snacking. The most important thing is that the calories should come from healthy sources. 

For a snack in between lunch and breakfast, one can go for whole-grain toast with peanut butter and banana slices, and some pieces of fresh fruits are some good options. These are all good sources of fiber and proteins. 

One can opt for fluids such as yogurts and smoothies for evening snacks. If smoothies are made with fresh fruits, the results are even better. Older people can also opt for some soup and popcorn.  

If you feel you require some protein in your snacks, you can try roasted chickpeas, a handful of almonds, steamed edamame, whole-grain pita with hummus, or refried beans with a sprinkling of cheese spread on corn or whole-wheat tortilla. 

 

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