One of the challenges of cooking for older adults is that many have dietary restrictions. Another is that some have difficulty chewing or swallowing. With some creativity, you can make delicious and nutritious meals that are easy to eat and good for them. If you’re looking for some new ideas for recipes or want to recommend a few to senior living services at an assisted living community, look no further. Three delicious and easy-to-eat recipes that are sure to be a hit are listed below.
Summer’s Landing is top-notch in assisted living communities, with creative dining services for older adults. Our experienced dining service professionals design meals for seniors’ needs, using only the freshest and finest ingredients. We have a wide variety of menu items to choose from, so there’s something for everyone. Our goal is to make every dining experience enjoyable, nutritious, and safe. Call 850.265.9829 if you or an older adult you love is interested in becoming a resident of an assisted living community in Florida.
Creative Dining Services as Part of Senior Living Services
Many people are surprised to learn that creative dining services are part of senior living services. The reality is, though, that a healthy diet is essential for seniors because it can help them:
- Boost their mood and energy levels
- Have the energy they need to stay active and engaged in their communities
- Improve their cognitive function
- Lower their risk of developing further chronic diseases
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Maintain their independence
- Manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure
In other words, what seniors eat matters. Regarding senior living services, dining is an integral part of the equation. Dishes must be healthy and creative so that older adults will continue enjoying their meals.
3 Recipes for Healthy Senior Living
1. Eggplant Parmesan Stacks
This dish is light but filling and full of flavorful Italian spices. Plus, it can be easily modified to meet any dietary restrictions.
To make it, start by thinly slicing an eggplant length-wise. Next, mix some bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning. Dip each eggplant slice in the mixture, then stack them on top of each other. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, then serve with marinara sauce on top.
2. Chicken Teriyaki Bowls
Chicken teriyaki is a classic dish that never goes out of style. It’s also relatively easy to make and can be tailored to meet any dietary needs.
To make it, start by cooking some rice according to the package directions. While the rice is cooking, prepare the chicken by cutting it into small pieces and marinating it in a mixture of soy sauce, brown sugar, and garlic. Then, cook the chicken in a skillet over medium heat until it’s cooked through. Once everything is cooked, assemble the bowls by adding a scoop of rice to each one, then topping with chicken and your favorite veggies. Serve with soy sauce on the side.
3. Quinoa Veggie Bowls
These bowls are packed with nutrient-rich quinoa and fresh veggies, making them a healthy and filling option for seniors in assisted living.
To make them, start by cooking the quinoa according to the package directions. While cooking the quinoa, chop up your favorite veggies into bite-sized pieces. Once everything is cooked, assemble the bowls by adding a scoop of quinoa to each one, then topping with veggies and your favorite dressing or sauce.
Find Out More About Creative Dining Services for Seniors at Summer’s Landing
If you’d like to learn more about our creative dining services for seniors, call us today at 850.265.9829. Our staff members would be happy to answer any questions you have and tell you more about the many benefits of living in an assisted community in Florida.