Most older adults are not consuming enough key nutrients to stay healthy. The best way to get the nutrients our bodies need is through the foods that we eat, that's why it's important to choose foods that are nutrient dense or rich in protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals.
"As you age, your body changes, and so do the nutrient requirements you need to stay healthy," says Heather Keller, Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition and Aging at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and University of Waterloo, and Nutrition in Disguise (NiD) project lead. "With the Nutrition in Disguise project, we focus on innovative strategies to increase the nutrient content of various recipes."
For a variety of reasons, many older adults don’t get enough key nutrients in their diets to support their health and well-being. The NiD team creates nutrient-dense recipes by adding healthy ingredients to popular recipes, such as lentils in brownies. The result is a tasty product containing the nutrients older adults are often lacking. Below are some nutrient-dense foods that can be added to recipes or enjoyed on their own.