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February 9, 2024

Indulging in Flavorful Nutrition: The Wildwood Senior Living Experience

Category: Culinary

Author: Trisha Ton, 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 Wildwood 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 aromatics, herbs, citrus, and wine instead of salt. One thing I always keep in mind when cooking for my residents is that we are their personal Chefs and must always be ready to make their day.

Health-Conscious Suggestion

If a health-conscious resident were to ask me for an entrée suggestion, I would recommend stir-fried shrimp or chicken served with delicious grilled vegetables and jasmine brown rice.

Some items on my menu that focus on nutrition include pecan-crusted tilapia and roasted root vegetables. For residents needing to gain weight, I would suggest adding smoothies between meals, protein-enriched shakes and puddings, and fruit and soup before each meal. We try to offer a bevy of comfort entrees for every appetite.

When dining out, I always consider my nutrition. Healthy snacking is essential as well. A healthy snack option is grapefruit. It’s tart, juicy, and loaded with vitamins. My one guilty pleasure snack is popcorn. It is my favorite junk food.

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 Wildwood Senior Living in Joplin, MO offers 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 Freeman Health System and Mercy Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Twin Hills Country Club, Northpark Mall, Grand Falls, Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center – National Audubon Society, Spiva Center for the Arts, and George Washington Carver National Monument.

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