Seasonal cooking with Senior Citizens provides a variety of fresh produce as part of a healthy diet. Throughout the year, different crops are in season. When fruits and vegetables are more available, they are also affordable. In-season produce is also fresher, healthier, and tastier. Check out the local farmer’s markets in New Jersey for farm-fresh produce.
Is eating seasonal vegetables healthier for Senior Citizens?
Yes! Fruits and vegetables are packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals that the body needs. But, unfortunately, produce begins losing nutrients after harvest. So, Senior Citizens get the most nutritional benefit from eating fresh, local food.
What’s in season in New Jersey?
New Jersey is famous for its sweet corn. There are also many other delicious crops in season during the summer months. Shop at local farmer’s markets and stores for fresh produce. Growing a home garden is also an excellent way for Seniors to stay active and healthy in their own backyard. Here are some of New Jersey’s summer selections:
- Green Beans
- Summer Squash
Summer Tabouli Salad Recipe
Tabouli salad is a great way to incorporate seasonal cooking with Senior Citizens. This Mediterranean side dish can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner. Bring it along to your next cookout.
- 1 cup bulgur wheat (or quinoa), dry
- 3 bunches of flat-leaf parsley
- 1 spring of mint
- 3 Roma tomatoes
- 1 medium cucumber
- 3 oz feta cheese crumbles (optional)
- Juice of one lemon (about 4 TBLS)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare the bulgar wheat according to the package directions
- Rinse the parsley and mint, pat dry, and finely chop using a food processor
- Dice the tomatoes and cucumber
- Combine ingredients in a large bowl and mix well
- Chill for at least one hour or overnight
At Anita’s Angels, Inc., we help our clients maintain a healthy lifestyle with shopping and cooking assistance. We are Families Helping Families. Let’s talk about how our families can help yours—call 908-788-9390.