The food pyramid has been around since the early 1970s and has given us a look at a balanced approach to the foods we should be consuming daily. Now is as good a time as any to revisit the pyramid and evaluate our current nutrition habits and how making little changes in your diet can go a long way!
Here is a helpful tip to go along with each respective food group. Be sure to take notes!
Water – This is just a casual reminder that water is essential to the wellness of people all ages. Experts say you should have at least eight glasses a day! Include 2 or 3 more glasses of water during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Grains –Foods such as hot cereal, rice and tortillas can make great meals in combination with ingredients from the other food groups.
Vegetables – For our loved ones, we want to be sure there is an adequate amount of vegetables such as corn, peas & broccoli in addition to the main course.
Fruit - Sometimes we have a tendency to mistake an apple for a brownie. However, make no mistake, delicious grapes, bananas or maybe a nice red apple will make a sweet dessert!
Dairy – As long as you’re not allergic to dairy, yogurt is the top healthiest food item from this category that we should include weekly, if not daily!
Protein – Anything from meat to poultry to fish fits into the category of proteins. Meat and poultry choices should be lean or low-fat. Lean turkey is a great substitute for ground beef. And when it comes to fish the experts say the more, the merrier!
Sweets – Sparingly!
We would love to answer your questions regarding nutritional and portioning information on the meals served daily at Franklin Park senior living communities. Please contact us to schedule a tour and enjoy a complimentary lunch.