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Nutrition for Older Adults


From birth to adulthood, good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. People who adopt healthy eating patterns live longer and are at lower risk for developing serious health problems.

Good nutrition remains important for older adults, adults with disabilities and caregivers. Older adults are at a greater risk of chronic diseases and health conditions related to changes in bone and muscle mass. This population is also at higher risk for malnutrition and dehydration. The good news is that these risks can be reduced by eating nutrient-rich foods and maintaining an active lifestyle.

Confetti Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing


  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 6 ounces frozen peas, thawed
  • 6 ounces frozen corn, thawed
  • 14.5 ounce can Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lime zest
  • 1 ½ teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped


  • In a large bowl, toss together diced peppers, onion, peas, corn and beans. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients.
  • Pour dressing mixture over the vegetable mixture and stir well. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours before serving.

Yield: 6 servings, about 2/3 cup each

Homemade Black Bean Burgers


  • 1 (15 ounce can) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • ½ cup bread crumbs


  • Add black beans to a food processor and blend until smooth. If you don’t have a food processor, you can mash with a potato masher or mash by hand.
  • Heat olive oil over medium heat. Sautee peppers, onion and garlic until peppers and onions are soft, about 5-6 minutes. Gently blot some of the moisture out.
  • In a large bowl combine beans, pepper mixture and remaining ingredients.  Form into 4 patties.

To bake: Place patties on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake at 375°F for 10 minutes on each side, 20 minutes total.

To grill: Place patties on greased aluminum foil and grill 8 minutes on each side.

Serve with your favorite toppings. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Makes 4 servings

Cucumber Salad

Equipment Needed

  • Cutting board and knife
  • Mixing bowl and spoon
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Vegetable peeler


  • 1 large cucumber peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons low-fat plain yogurt or Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • Pepper to taste


  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine yogurt, vinegar, oil, dill and pepper.
  • Stir in sliced cucumbers. Cover and chill until ready to serve.


  • Makes 2 servings
  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Recipe Alternatives:Add a splash of lemon juice and/or use fresh mint or dill in place of dried dill.

Easy Fruit salad

Equipment needed

  • Cutting board and knife
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl and spoon
  • Can opener


  • ½ cup grapes, washed and cut in half
  • 1 cup apples, chopped
  • ½ cup canned mandarin oranges, drained
  • ½ cup canned pears or peaches cut into bite size pieces


  • Mix fruits together, cover and chill until ready to serve.


  • Serving size: 2-3 (1 cup) servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Recipe Alternatives:
    Peaches, plums, pears, melon, berries or other fruits can be used with or instead of the fruits listed.
    If using banana slices, add just before serving.
    Store leftover fruit salad in a covered container for 2-4 days in the refrigerator.
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