In the fall, the weather and other factors can cause inflammatory conditions to flare up. Seniors with these conditions feel their joints ache and have many other health problems because of it. This season also has some of the best inflammatory foods seniors can eat to help manage those chronic conditions. Make sure your senior loved one is eating these fall classics in abundance. Seniors with in-home care can have their in-home care provider help them shop for and prepare these delicious anti-inflammatory foods.
Look around, pumpkin is everywhere in the fall, and it’s hard to get enough of it. Pumpkin gets its famous deep orange color from beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a powerful anti-inflammatory that can calm chronic inflammation. It’s also very good for the eyes. Also, pumpkin seeds are packed with magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral that seniors often don’t get enough of. Pumpkin can be prepared from scratch or bought canned in the store. Just make sure your senior loved one buys canned whole pumpkin, not sweetened pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin is great in soups, or made into filling for ravioli, or mixed into breads and pastries. Pumpkin seeds are best when they are dried, spiced, and cooked in the oven.
Sweet potatoes are a highly recommended alternative to starchy potatoes. Potatoes can trigger an inflammation response in some seniors, because they are so starchy. But sweet potatoes are actually healthy. They are low in carbs and contain protein. Also, like pumpkins, they are packed with beta-carotene. Sweet potatoes are best just roasted with spices and butter. Add cinnamon for a touch of sweetness, and pepper for a touch of savory.
Seniors probably will need some help getting the juicy pomegranate out of its shell. But this healthy fruit is worth the effort. Those tiny but delicious pomegranate pieces are packed with polyphenols. Polyphenols are strong anti-oxidants. They can knock out inflammation and support a strong immune system. Pomegranate juice is also filled with polyphenols. Certainly, that might be easier for some seniors to handle. Just make it’s sure unsweetened pomegranate juice. Pieces of pomegranate are delicious. You can mix them into salads, yogurt, or on ice cream. They’re also delicious all by themselves.
Beans are nutritional powerhouses. They’re easy to get, inexpensive, and can be stored for a long time. Beans contain both fiber and anti-oxidants. Both of those nutrients are anti-inflammatory. They can also help seniors with a strong autoimmune response to the fall weather. Beans are the perfect additions to home made soups in the fall. Likewise, they are easy to cook in a slow cooker. Beans can also be dried and added to salads, eaten as a side dish on their own, or dehydrated to make a crispy healthy snack. Seasoned dried beans are a fantastic alternative to salty potato chips and other unhealthy snacks. Because they are dried, they will last for a long time.