As a senior, a balanced diet is important to ensure you can maintain an active lifestyle. Fortunately, there are a range of nutritious and delicious foods that promote healthy ageing.

Here are just a few of the many senior super foods you can try to stave off age-related diseases and continue independent living.

Leafy greens

For a healthy dose of fibre in your diet, ensure your plate contains some leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, kale and bok choy.

Bok choy, otherwise known as Chinese cabbage, packs a serious punch in the battle against breast cancer due to its high levels of vital vitamins and minerals. A serving of this super food also provides a significant portion of your daily calcium requirements.

Refreshing fruits

It's a well-known fact that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, so what about those other items in your fruit bowl?

While we've already spoken of the benefits of blueberries, try adding cranberries, raisins and figs into your diet for an all-round healthy boost.

Super seafood

Many ocean-based foods can give you a healthy boost. In particular, you may want to consider tucking into a generous salmon steak at dinner time.

Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which can potentially reduce your chances of cardiac disease. 

Delectable treats

Sometimes you just need a little sugar and sweetness to improve your day, but fortunately sneaking a treat doesn't have to be a bad thing.

In fact, eating a small portion of dark chocolate each day can do wonders for your health and help support your active living goals.

Chocolate with high levels of cocoa may decrease your risk of heart disease. This is because this food is usually full of flavonols which can help improve blood vessel health, lowering blood pressure and reducing the chances of strokes.