As you age, you need to work harder to keep your body healthy. Increase your odds of staying illness-free by sticking with an anti-inflammatory, Mediterranean meal plan that includes fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes, and healthy omega-3 (wild salmon, walnuts, flax) and monounsaturated (olive oil) fats. Dark chocolate (in moderation) can reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and low-fat dairy and leafy greens maintain bone density. Here are 15 tasty recipes to get you started.
Combining cooked and fresh berries (good sources of vitamin C and anthocyanins) with vitamin-E-filled wheat germ and pecans maximizes this dish's antioxidant potential.
Look for omega-3-rich flax meal alongside the flaxseeds in your natural-foods store -- or grind your own. Once opened, store flax in the refrigerator. Since milk contains saturated fat, we chose to cook the high-fiber barley with almond milk instead.
These two cabbage cousins offer an interesting twist on the traditional coleslaw. Kohlrabi makes a great addition to stir-fries, while turnips, when pureed with a little butter, serve as an excellent side dish. For the greens, saute them as you would kale or spinach.