Summer Nutritional Tips
As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, it's important to think about how to stay healthy during the summer months. Here are a few nutritional tips for seniors that can help make sure you stay safe and have plenty of energy for all your summer activities.
Stay Hydrated to Prevent Dehydration
Remember, more water, less caffeine. Dehydration causes muscle cramps and leads to electrolyte imbalances as well as dry skin. Aim for 8-12 glasses of water per day depending on your activity level, gender, and body size. If you are exercising for 60 minutes, make sure you are replacing your water stores by drinking 6 ounces of water every 15 minutes.
Keep Your Food Safe This Summer
Food safety is key during the hot summer months, especially when packing for a hike, picnic or a day in the sun. According to the FDA, cold food should be kept at or below 40°F and hot food should be kept at or above 140°F to prevent bacterial growth. Be careful with cross contamination; be sure to separate uncooked meats and seafood from other foods that may be consumed raw, such as fruits and vegetables.
Eat the Rainbow in a Variety of Ways
Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables to take advantage of what’s in season and eat colorfully! Freeze fruits as a snack; some good fruits to try are grapes, berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries), mango, and watermelon. Try a new take on fruits and vegetables by grilling them on the BBQ!