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Seasonal Veggies with Serious Health Benefits

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Even picky seniors look forward to the bounty of fresh produce the summer brings. If you provide home care for an aging parent or relative, ensuring he or she eats a wide variety of fresh vegetables is one of the best ways to promote overall health. If you’re looking for ways to boost his or her diet this season, here are five often overlooked summer vegetables to try.

1. Mustard Greens
Like all dark, leafy greens, mustard greens are packed with nutrients. One serving is only 20 calories, but provides a hefty dose of vitamins A, C, K and folate, as well as plenty of fiber. Mustard Greens are packed with anti-inflammatory agents, can help improve cardiovascular health, and are a rich source of minerals such as calcium and manganese.

2. Parsnips
Parsnips are a spicy relative of the carrot and are loaded with fiber, B vitamins, and antioxidants. They are also a good source of minerals such as iron, calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, and phosphorus. Consuming parsnips regularly can improve energy and cardiovascular health.

3. Okra
Okra is packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Okra is particularly rich in folate, vitamin A, and magnesium and is often recommended to add nutrition to weight-loss diets due to its extremely low calorie content.

4. Kohlrabi
Related to broccoli, kohlrabi is extremely rich in vitamin C, minerals, B vitamins, and fiber. It is also an excellent source of health-promoting phytochemicals and antioxidants.

5. Radishes
Radishes come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and flavors. They are particularly rich in sulforaphane, an antioxidant that may help prevent cancer. They are also rich in other health-promoting phytochemicals and are an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C.

Some seniors have a harder time eating well during the summer as they struggle to grocery shop, run other errands, or cook in the extreme heat. Ensure your loved one is staying happy and healthy throughout the warm season with help from Home Care Assistance of Fairfield, CT. As a leading provider of both live-in and hourly care Fairfield families trust, we offer a wide range of comprehensive services and customized care plans to ensure every client has the right level of help at the right time. To learn more, call 203-955-1915 and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.