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  • ·         1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • ·         2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • ·         1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • ·         1/2 cup grape or cherry tomatoes
  • ·         1/2 cup pitted Greek olives, halved
  • ·         1/4 cup chopped sweet onion
  • ·         1/4 cup minced fresh basil or 4 teaspoons dried basil
  • ·         2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • ·         3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ·         2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ·         1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ·         1/4 teaspoon pepper


·         Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Place in a large serving bowl; add the corn, red pepper, tomatoes, olives, onion, basil and parsley.

·         In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper; shake well. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Yield: 8 servings.

Good Nutrition for the Elderly

     The aging process requires all of us to review our nutrition regularly if we are to maintain a healthy body. The two mainstays, exercise and good nutrition, still hold true for the basics of good health. Below are some additional ideas that may guide you when considering a nutritional regiment for your elderly loved one:

1. Limit fat intake. Consume lean meats, low fat dietary products, and no fried food.

2. Include eggs, poultry, and fish in the diet. Eat products (or vitamins) with iron, as elderly tend to show low iron amounts in their chemical make-up.

3. Choose a variety of foods.

4. Keep saturated fatty foods and cholesterol in check.

5. An increase in fiber is generally called for – cereals high in fiber work well.

     Always remember: eating well is important at any age! By helping the elderly with their nutritional habits you may be saving their life.

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