Senior Citizens no longer need to sacrifice taste for healthy eating. At Discovery Commons at Bradenton, our Sensations Dining meals give you all the adequate nutrition you need to live a healthy, energetic and vibrant life. Our made from scratch meals take into account your dietary restrictions while making each meal delightfully enticing and deliciously pleasing. Come visit us today at one of our locations in Fort Myers, Naples and Sarasota, Florida to get a taste of what we provide.
Explore these Superfoods from around the world, and see about incorporating some of them into your diet for greater well-being and longevity. Let your taste buds transport you to far off places, experiencing foods that have been used in different cultures for health and healing for the last hundreds (and even thousands) of years! These foods can be found at your local grocery store, natural food store or ordered online.
Ginger has been grown in China and India since before historical records began. It has been used in many cultures and civilizations for thousands of years as a medicine and food. It can destroy viruses and bacteria in the body. In addition, ginger aids in digestion, circulation and decreases arthritic swelling. It can also help to lower blood pressure. Ginger can be added into your diet in a variety of ways. Boiling fresh ginger in water with lemon and honey can soothe sore throats and be a delicious antidote. Ginger root or ginger powder can be used in a variety of cooking including stir fry dishes, soups or sweet desserts. Pre-packaged ginger tea and ginger candy can also be bought at health stores or grocery stores; Just make sure the products contain real ginger in the list of ingredients.
Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs, first originating in Mexico and Guatemala. These seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family. Chia seeds can help maintain blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol. These seeds are an excellent source of fiber (for digestion), calcium (for bone health), omega 3 fats (for brain health), and more! They can also help improve mood, sleep and appetite. Mix chia seeds and toss them in salads, smoothies, yogurt and even on ice cream for a nutty texture.
Maca Root originally hails from the Peruvian Andes and has been grown there for thousands of years. It is in the cruciferous family of vegetables (like cabbage and broccoli), and looks similar to a large radish. Maca helps stabilize the hormonal, cardiovascular and nervous systems of the body. It is known for increasing libido, but can also help manage stress, energy and moods. Mix about a teaspoon daily in smoothies, shakes, yogurt or other creamy beverages for full benefits.
Oolong Tea was developed in the early 1700’s in present day China and Taiwan. Oolong Tea is semi-fermented, meaning it is a combination of green tea leaves and black tea leaves. There are many benefits to drinking Oolong tea regularly. It is known to help lower cardiovascular disease by reducing cholesterol levels, and helps control obesity and weight gain by improving the performance of enzymes that break down fat. The antioxidants in oolong (called polyphenols) can help to improve dental health, skin and have been linked to preventing some cancers. Oolong tea leaves or tea bags can be steeped in boiling water about three to five minutes and enjoyed.
Olives have been grown in Greece since 3,000 BC! These delicious olives are an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, which helps lower blood pressure, cholesterol and fight overall heart disease. In addition, Mediterranean olives can help protect against cancer, depression and dementia. There are a variety of different olives to choose from including kalamata, manzanilla, nicoise, halkidiki, gemlik and many more! Olives can be eaten with fruits, vegetables and salads. Olive Oil can be eaten instead of olives, and is delicious on breads and salads. The healthiest Olive Oils are cold pressed, extra virgin and organic. Eat about 8-10 olives or about 3 tablespoons of olive oil daily for maximum benefits.
Are you curious to find out more about these foods and their benefits? At Discovery Commons At Bradenton, we invite our community to have fun exploring new experiences in our supportive and caring environment! Our fun-loving staff and community makes life exciting and interesting by offering a variety of new opportunities that can stimulate growth, encourage health and promote creativity. Come visit us today to find out how Discovery Commons At Bradenton can inspire you or your loved one today.
Discovery Commons At Bradenton is a world-class senior living community in Bradenton, Florida. We offer a variety of living options for your needs, including Assisted Living and Memory Care. To receive more information or schedule an appointment to experience our wonderful lifestyle, please contact us online or give us a call at 941.798.3727.