Americans are living longer now than ever before. Staying healthy as we age involves more than just diet and exercise; mental and social well-being also plays an important part in a person’s overall health. Biological ageing is only loosely associated with a person’s age in years. Healthy Ageing is achievable by every person; it is a process that enables older people to continue to do the things that are important to them.
Tips for Healthy Ageing
1. Get moving – Exercise builds strength, and improves balance and coordination. Performing at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily can help prevent or control heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, colon cancer, and weight gain.
2. Stay social – Take a class at a community center or a local college, volunteer, play games, see old friends, and make new ones.
3. Bulk up – Eat beans and other high-fiber foods for digestive and heart health.
4. Add some spice – Add herbs and spices to your meals if medications dull your taste buds.
5. Stay balanced – Practice yoga or tai chi to improve agility and prevent falls.
6. Take a hike – Brisk daily walks can bolster both your heart and lungs. Better yet, invite a friend!
7. Sleep well – Talk to a sleep specialist if you don’t sleep soundly through the night.
8. Mindfulness – To aid your memory, make lists, slow down, and organize.
Healthy Blackberry Dutch Baby
Blackberries are rich in nutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals which may help prevent (and, in some cases, reverse) the effects of aging, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain types of cancer. This recipe makes use of the last of summer’s berries while welcoming fall with the addition of apples.
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 cup (190 ml) milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 1 apple washed and sliced
- 2 tablespoons oil for greasing
- Heat your oven to 450°F with your cast iron skillet (at least 9 inches in diameter) or baking dish inside. You want the skillet to be HOT when you pour the patter into it.
- While the oven is heating, mix your eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl. Whisk well – you can do this easily in the blender if you don’t mind cleaning up one extra thing.
- Take the skillet out of the oven and add your oil to the skillet. Swirl the oil around the skillet to coat the bottom and the sides, and then slowly pour the batter over the oil.
- After your batter is in the skillet, scatter the apple slices and blackberries over the top and the bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. If your oven has hot spots, remember to turn about half way through to cook evenly.
- Remove from the heat and allow it to cool for a few minutes before serving. Sprinkled with a bit of powdered sugar if you like, additional fruit, or tiny bit of honey and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from http://www.asaucykitchen.com/blackberry-apple-paleo-dutch-baby/