Diet is very important when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and there are many different ways to approach having a healthy diet. One of these ways is vegetarianism. While being a vegetarian does offer some health benefits, it can be difficult to get a balanced diet, and a balanced diet is vital for everyone, especially seniors.
Here are some tips for vegetarians:
Protein can be a concern for vegetarians, and especially for vegans. Vegetarians can still get protein from dairy and eggs, but vegans will have to rely on legumes, beans, nuts, soy and quinoa.
Getting all the proper nutrients can be more of a concern than protein. Vegetarians and vegans should make sure they get enough omega-3 fatty acids, iron, zinc, vitamins D and B12, iodine and calcium.
- Mind what you eat
Vegetarians are just as susceptible to mindless eating as meat-eaters. It’s important to watch what you eat, especially if you’re eating packaged and frozen vegetarian meals as some of these meals are full of sodium and fat. Be mindful of nutrition labels when buying these kinds of foods.