Energize Your Diet as You Age
Can the right foods improve your energy levels every day?
Getting older may bring some surprising changes. One of those could be that you feel worn down at the end of the day. Fatigue is common among older adults. An unhealthy diet can contribute to low energy.
You might be able to get some energy back with the right foods and tasty recipes.
Get the right nutrients
Variety is the spice of life, and it may be the key to boost your energy. Start by focusing on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and dairy or non-dairy alternatives. These food groups can help build your plate and guarantee you get enough nutrients like potassium, calcium, vitamins D and B12, minerals, and dietary fiber.
Finding a balanced diet
Eating healthy foods can lead to better weight management. But it can be tough to know where to start. The following choices are examples of healthy food options that can give you energy without the extra calories:
Fruits and vegetables with bright colors like strawberries or leafy greens
Whole grains like oatmeal, whole wheat bread, and brown rice
Fat-free or low-fat milk and cheese, or dairy alternatives that have vitamin B12, vitamin D, and calcium
Seafood, lean meat, poultry, and eggs
Beans, nuts, and seeds
Choosing foods to create a balanced diet may sound hard. VA’s Healthy Teaching Kitchen creates recipes to help you get started. Try these four recipes and then add more options each week:
Fruit: Tropical Smoothie
Protein: Pecan Crusted Tilapia
Vegetables: Marinated Tomatoes and Cucumbers
Whole Grains: Overnight Oats
Before you start a new nutrition program, use Secure Messaging (sign in required) to talk with your health care team. They may have suggestions on where you should start. It’ll be helpful if you record daily meals with a food journal and track vitals to see your progress.
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Updated May 27, 2022