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Healthy Things to Grow with Seniors in Honor of National Fruit and Vegetables Month

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The modern American diet tends to rely on meats and grains, which means that many people do not get the recommended three to four servings of vegetables and fruits each day. National Fruit and Vegetable Month in June each year is intended to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy diet and encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables. It is especially important for seniors to get enough fresh fruits and vegetables because they contain many important nutrients and antioxidants that promote overall health. Hourly Lincoln caregivers and seniors can garden these easy-to-grow fruits and vegetables just in time for National Fruit and Vegetable Month.

Summer Squash

If you and your loved one want both quality and quantity in your garden, summer squashes are the way to go. These veggies are extremely prolific, which means just one plant can grow enough squash for several people to eat. Squash plants are almost impossible to kill and they thrive particularly well in sunny environments.

Tomatoes

The countless varieties of heirloom tomatoes make them interesting and fun to grow. They will grow in most conditions, so you can plant just a few tomatoes in a pot or fill your entire garden with tomatoes. Think of all the recipes you and your loved one can use these tomatoes for!

Strawberries

Unlike most other berries, strawberry plants remain in tidy little bushes instead of turning into thorny tangles of vines like blackberries do. They are very easy to grow and fruit can develop in just four to six weeks. Additionally, strawberries are a must-have fruit during the summer.

Carrots

This root vegetable grows below the ground, so it is not easily attacked by pests. They are ready to pick as soon as you see the orange tops peeking above the soil, which normally only takes approximately eight weeks. Whether you eat it raw or use it in your loved one’s favorite soup, carrots contain a wealth of vitamins and nutrients.

Cucumbers

Once the last frost is over, cucumber plants start to flourish. They just need a little space to stretch out and they will quickly grow many cucumbers. These little veggies are perfect for salads, sauces, or even pickling!

Learn more about senior nutrition by calling Home Care Assistance of Lincoln, NE at (402) 261-5158 today. We provide flexible live-in and hourly services that enable seniors to adopt healthy lifestyle choices without having to leave their homes. Our dedicated caregivers help seniors eat nutritious meals, exercise regularly, maintain social ties, and even oversee housekeeping duties to promote overall wellbeing. Don’t forget to schedule a free consultation when you speak to a friendly Care Manager.