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

On June of 1994, First Lady Hillary Clinton declared that June was officially National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month. The declaration was adopted in hopes of improving the nutrition of people across the country by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into daily diets. Family members and at-home care agencies in The Grand Strand might consider joining a senior loved one in planting a garden in honor of the occasion. The activity not only provides a great opportunity for spending time with an elderly adult, but also encourages better health for the entire family.

Tomatoes

One healthy tomato plant yields a number of delicious fruit. A few tomato plants in the garden will produce plenty of fruits to enjoy alone, in salads, sauces and various nutritious recipes. There are thousands of species available ranging from cherry tomatoes to the large, meatier beefsteak variety. Choose a few different selections and enjoy the harvest with your loved one.

Peppers

While most are familiar with sweet green bell peppers, the vegetables are also available in a variety of colors that include orange, purple, red and yellow. There are also plenty of spicy hot varieties for anyone who prefers a bit of heat in their dishes. Like tomatoes, peppers grow the best in the warmth of the sun. Peppers can also be consumed alone, in salads or in salsas or chili.

Kale

Consider planting kale as a healthier alternative to lettuce. The leafy vegetables come in colors ranging from lime green to purplish-red and black. Great in salads, the leaves can also be baked and dried in the oven to create kale chips, which makes for a wonderful healthy snack when desiring something crispy and crunchy.

Cantaloupes and Melons

Though melons require more than three months to produce mature ripened fruit, the harvest is well worth the wait. Watermelons remain a popular fruit during the hot summer months. They are also available in many different varieties that include early maturing, compact and seedless.

Nutrition is an important part of senior health and vitality. Help your loved one maintain a healthy diet by taking time to plant some delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables with him or her this June. For more information regarding senior diet and health, call Home Care Assistance of the Grand Strand at (843) 353-3105. We are a leading provider of stroke, dementia, and Alzheimer’s home care The Grand Strand families trust to help their loved one’s age in place with dignity. Aside from helping clients maintain healthy diet and exercise, we also offer assistance with activities around the house such as personal care, physical therapy, and housekeeping. Remember to schedule a free consultation while speaking with an experienced Care Manager.