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60+ Wellness Box

$49.95

Eating well and being active can make a dramatic difference in the quality of life for older adults. As we age, our bodies require fewer calories, but higher amounts of other nutrients, like calcium, iron, folate, and vitamins D and C to protect your mind, bones and eyes. The produce included in this wellness box focus on iron and folic acid as well as vitamin C, which helps with overall iron absorption to prevent issues related to bone health and anemia. 

  • Feeds up to 2 people 
  • Dietician approved 
  • Box is not customizable
  • Always consult your doctor if you have concerns or a medical need

Having a diet rich in nutrients like calcium, iron, folate and vitamins D and C helps to ward off complications of aging including osteoporosis, macular degeneration, memory loss, bone fractures and anemia.*

*None of the statements are intended to be medical advice. Always consult your doctor if you have concerns or a medical need.

As we age, it is important to focus on nutrition in three major areas for optimal health; protecting brain health and memory, preventing eye damage that can lead to blindness and preventing issues related to bone and blood health like anemia and bone fractures. Having a diet rich in iron, vitamin c, folic acid and anti-inflammatory vitamins and minerals can protect the aging body from varying levels of macular degeneration of the retina and reduced vision, combat against inflammation of the joints and lining of the cartilage surrounding bones and helps maintain memory and brain health.*

*None of the statements are intended to be medical advice. Always consult your doctor if you have concerns or a medical need.

Research has begun to examine the role of fruit and vegetable consumption in the aging brain. Emerging evidence indicates that fruit and vegetable intake is protective against cognitive decline and related conditions. Several prospective studies found that participants who consume greater levels of fruits and vegetables scored higher on cognitive and neuropsychological evaluations and showed improvements in verbal fluency, memory, and rate of learning from such dietary changes. In addition, a Mediterranean-style diet that is rich in nuts, oils, fruits, and vegetables has also been shown to be predictive of good heart health and of cognitive benefit for risk reduction of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

On average, older adults eat more servings of fruits and vegetables, which might be nutritionally necessary given the change in metabolic processes that occurs in old age. Although the majority of adults incorporate at least one serving of fruits and vegetables into their daily diet (85 and 95%, respectively), less than half of older adults eat the recommended five servings of fruit and vegetables per day. Major studies have estimated that only 21 to 37% of men and 29 to 45% of women aged 65 and older achieve the recommended servings per day.*

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3713183/


*None of the statements are intended to be medical advice. Always consult your doctor if you have concerns or a medical need.

Eat more of these fruits and vegetables:
Vegetables: Dark Leafy Greens (Collard, Mustard, Turnip), Broccoli, Carrots, Pumpkin, Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Yellow Squash, Corn, Bell Peppers, Asparagus
Fruits: Grapefruit, Kiwi, Red Grapes, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Cabbage, Blackberries, Cherries, Oranges, Papaya, Strawberries

Quick Meal Tip:
In addition to incorporating more fruits and vegetables, a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, in particular, may help improve memory. You can find these nutrients in seafood, algae and fatty fish like, salmon, Bluefin tuna, sardines and herring. Try incorporating fish once or twice a week in your diet. Try salmon tacos with shredded red cabbage, a little tartar sauce and fresh squeezed lemon or enjoy a quick tuna salad on salad greens for dinner.
Cheesy Baked Yellow Squash
Gather:
2 medium sized yellow squash
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese or any favorite cheese (Romano, pecorino, mozzarella, cheddar, goat, feta)
Fresh or dried herbs (garlic, rosemary, oregano)
Salt & pepper to taste
Preparation: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Slice squash lengthwise and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Mix olive oil, cheese of choice, herbs, and seasonings to taste in a small bowl. Spread a small spoonful of the cheese mixture onto the flat surface of the squash.
What To Do: Roast for 25-30 minutes until cheese is slightly brown. Remove from oven and enjoy as a stand-alone meal, or eat as a side in place of your usual vegetable. 2 servings 

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