Do you love searching for recipes online? We do, too! We’ve collected the most popular recipes from our Senior Nutrition healthy eating Pinterest board and included them here.
With the holidays looming, many of us are already on the lookout for creative cooking tips to spice up our upcoming family occasions, scouring cookbooks and websites for ways to tickle our loved ones’ palates while still retaining a certain amount of healthfulness. One of the most popular websites used to search and share recipes right now is Pinterest, with its colorful photos and fun bulletin-board interface—and A Place for Mom has been a part of the action on our own Pinterest page, posting healthy recipes and diet tips for caregivers and families. It’s been a great way to reach out and connect with readers, as well as get the information out about our senior nutrition campaign. Even if you’re not on Pinterest, though, we want to share the health benefits of our 20 most popular recipes. Try a few of these, and your whole family will giving thanks for tasty meals AND better nutrition!
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Start your day with this fantastic, tasty source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber.
The fiber and whole grain from the oatmeal will fill you up, and the bananas will provide even more fiber as well as potassium and vitamin B6.
Cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables are a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants, and beans provide a kick of protein and fiber.
This soup is a healthy, vegetarian, gluten-free option with plenty of vitamins thanks to the cauliflower. Olive oil provides a dose of healthy fat, too.
Kale is a nutritional powerhouse any way you look at it, and tomatoes—even canned ones—are a fantastic source of antioxidants.
Whether you make the blackberry version or the kiwi-strawberry, if you drop a few of these into your drink, you’ll be infusing it with a dose of tasty antioxidants, particularly vitamin C.
This tasty, simple snack has antioxidant-rich berries as well as Greek yogurt, which is loaded with protein and probiotics.
Brussels sprouts have amazing health benefits, including loads of vitamin C and K, as well as cancer-fighting properties. Cranberries, too, are packed with phytonutrients that have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antioxidant properties.
Corn is of course rich in fiber, but you might not know it’s also got plenty of antioxidants. This sauteed dish also has a lot of other healthy fresh veggies like tomatoes, garlic, and red bell peppers.
Don’t discount the humble potato—it’s high in vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, potassium, manganese, and dietary fiber. And a comfort food like cheesy potatoes can be heart healthy and high in protein if you use low-fat dairy products.
Peas aren’t a sexy vegetable, but fresh ones are tasty in a salad—and they sure are nutrient-dense, especially when it comes to vitamin K, manganese, and other phytonutrients. Asparagus, too, has that vitamin K kick.
Another nutrient-rich powerhouse vegetable is kale. It can help protect against cancer and lower cholesterol, plus it’s packed with vitamins K, A, and C, and high in fiber.
If you’re a pasta salad fan, try this light orzo version with fresh lemon, healthy asparagus, and lycopene-rich tomatoes.
Besides having tuna, which is high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, the beans in this recipe provide fiber. This one is also gluten free.
The tomatoes and corn in this salad are a classic summer-veggie combination, and the avocados are high in fiber, vitamin K, and folate. They also help with absorption of antioxidants.
While quinoa is eaten as a grain, it’s really a seed, or berry—so it provides a lot of protein as well as healthy fats and nutrients. Combined with beans, it makes a tasty, filling meal.
Filling and tasty sweet potatoes pack a nutritional punch when combined with kale. Not only are sweet potatoes really high in beta-carotene (vitamin A), they have plenty of fiber, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds.
Not only are the lentils and chickpeas in this stew high in fiber, they’re also nutrient-dense and filling. In fact, a whole cup of cooked lentils is just 230 calories.
This is a great high-protein recipe, for sure, but it’s also got plenty of nutrients—turkey contains all of the B vitamins. The recipe’s low in sodium and also sneaks in some grated zucchini for extra veggie content.
The benefits of fresh spinach include vitamin K, C, manganese, folate, and a wide range of other vitamins and minerals. It’s also high in fiber. Mushrooms, too, contain a variety of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients—they’re particularly good for your daily intake of copper and potassium.
If you’ve got favorite healthy recipes, feel free to post them below, and don’t forget to follow our Pinterest board!