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February 9, 2024

Nutritious Dining at The Wellington: Balancing Flavor and Health

Category: Culinary

Author: Cruz Meza, Culinary Director

When it comes to senior living, there are a few factors to consider always. One of the main considerations should be food and the overall dining experience. With that comes the delicate balance of culinary creativity and nutritional precision, the nuanced dance that unfolds within our dining rooms. We are committed to the vitality, happiness, and longevity of those we serve at The Wellington Senior Living. Join us where the aroma of carefully prepared dishes mingles with the laughter of shared stories as we explore the significance of nutrition while unveiling some of the secrets behind our thoughtfully curated menus. 

I am always careful with the amount of salt used in my dishes. I’ve found flavor can be added using low-sodium bases for soups and various herbs and spices. Also, we reduce stocks and sauces to maximize flavor and sear and braze meats to impart flavor and texture instead of using salt. One thing I always keep in mind when cooking for my residents. We are cooking for our residents’ taste buds, not our own. We are not the ones eating the food, so we need to keep the residents in mind and cut back on the pepper and the spice. When I cook, I always ask multiple people to taste the food because I tend to be salt-heavy and don’t trust my taste buds.

Health-Conscious Suggestion

If a health-conscious resident were to ask me to suggest an entrée, it would be a roasted vegetable risotto. We have several items on the menu that focus on nutrition and many for residents needing to gain weight.

When dining out, I don’t always consider my nutrition. It’s more about what I’m in the mood for at the time and good flavor. Healthy snacking is essential. A healthy snack option is carrot sticks and celery sticks with Ranch dressing. My guilty pleasure snack is a weird one. It’s Mexican sour cream, a slice of Bar S ham, and Tapatio on a tostada.

What we’ve uncovered is more than a celebration of diverse flavors and textures. It’s a testament to the commitment to prioritize the nutritional well-being of our residents. The kitchen remains the heart of our senior living experiences, and we hope the flavors shared resonate and linger in your thoughts. The creative spark in our kitchen isn’t just about pushing culinary boundaries. It’s about crafting delicious meals and a source of nourishment for our residents. I hope this inspires continued conversations about the importance of nutrition, creativity in culinary arts, and the everlasting impact they have on the lives of our older adults. 

The Wellington Senior Living in Liberty, MO offers senior villas, independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Liberty Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Shoal Creek Golf Course, Historic Downtown Liberty, Stocksdale Park, and Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary.

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