At Good Food, Good Deeds our goal is to provide menus that are simple, quick, and delicious. But though they’re easy, they don’t stint on nutrition! As Linda Gray saw when she went to lending a helping hand to the Meals On Wheels in Richmond, Virginia, a lot of care goes into the food preparation. At Meals On Wheels, nutrition is priority number one. That’s important—according to Teresa A. Marshall, M.D. at the University of Iowa, up to 80 percent of seniors may be deficient in four or more nutrients. This is due not only to increased difficulties with making balanced meals, but also because our bodies change as we age: we absorb nutrients less efficiently, and our sense of taste becomes diminished, meaning healthy foods may become less appealing to eat.
This is what makes “Good Food, Good Deeds” essential viewing—rethinking how to eat is the key to ensuring seniors are healthy, active, and balanced. So each week in the studio I prepare—with the invaluable assistance of my good friend Florence Henderson—scrumptious, nourishing, and simple meals that are high on health and low on cost.
You don’t even have to radically change the way you plan your menus, which would be unrealistic for many seniors. Instead there are simple steps you can take to make the food you already love lower in calories, sodium, and unhealthy fats and richer in fiber, vitamins, and minerals—so they’re better for your heart, brain, and the rest of your body. You can be kind to both your taste buds and your waistline!
Here are 5 practical tips:
You can find my recipes for all the delicious meals we cook on the show, as well as videos and lots of smart health tips, on our website. Most importantly, you can find out how we can end senior hunger by 2020. Please visit http://www.mowaa.org.