Party dip: Perennial components of popular party dips, tomatoes and avocados can offer seniors an array of healthy nutrients. Salsa comprised of tomatoes and other vegetables can provide an elderly person with part of their daily recommended vegetable intake, as well as antioxidants such as lycopene. Though they are high in (“good”) fat, avocados, the main component of guacamole, are full of vitamins and minerals that can deliver a host of health benefits to seniors.
Eggs: Sometimes shunned as a member of the protein portion of MyPlate, eggs are actually a good source of protein and contain many essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamins: A, D, E, B6 and B12. And, it’s not just egg whites that contain health benefits. According to Frechman, egg yolks contain choline, lutein, and zeaxanthin—several nutrients that are essential for good eye health.
Chocolate: In moderation, certain types of chocolate are actually good for you. Dark chocolate is chock-full of antioxidants and has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including: reducing blood pressure, and increasing insulin sensitivity.
Spring and Summer Foods with Surprising Health Benefits originally appeared on AgingCare.com.