The Ministry of Health have developed healthy eating guidelines for older adults. Here we show you how you can meet your daily nutrient needs by eating a wide range of foods from the four major food groups.
As we age, our health can often decline. Our nutrient needs also change, so it’s important to fuel our bodies with the right type (and amount) of foods each day. This gives us every opportunity to live life to the fullest with plenty of energy!
The Ministry of Health has developed healthy eating guidelines for older adults(1). Here are some practical tips to help you achieve their recommendations:
Choose at least 2 serves of fruit & 3 serves of vegetables each day 1 serve = 1 medium sized, ½ cup canned or cooked, ½ cup salad
Choose at least 6 serves each day 1 serve = 1 cup cereal, 1 slice bread, 1 cup cooked rice or pasta, 1 bread roll, ½ cup porridge
Choose at least 1 serve each day 1 serve = ¾ cup canned beans, mince or casserole, 2 slices meat, 1 egg, 100g steak, 1 fillet fish
Choose at least 3 servings each day 1 serve = 1 glass milk, 1 pottle yoghurt or 2 slices cheese
(1) Ministry of Health. Eating for Healthy Older Adults. 2010. Wellington, New Zealand