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February 12, 2024

Flavors of Wellness: Nourishing Lives at Vitalia Strongsville

Category: Culinary

Author: Anthony Hannis, 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 Vitalia Strongsville. 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 by roasting off different herbs, seeds, or nuts to achieve different flavors. We also like to make all types of herbed oils. I always keep in mind when cooking for my residents to watch the addition of salt.

Health-Conscious Suggestion

If a health-conscious resident were to ask me to suggest an entrée, it would be one of the salad options and adding chicken or our catch of the week. Another option is to substitute chicken for a burger patty.

Some items on my menu that focus on nutrition include our lunch meats. We slice our meats to avoid the sodium in pre-sliced. For residents needing to gain weight, I would suggest adding extra calories to their meals with cheeses, nuts, and seeds. Our dining area is open from 7 am-7 pm. Residents can have multiple small meals during that time to help them gain weight.

When dining out, nutrition is always in the back of my mind. When I do not eat healthily, I tend to regret it later. Healthy snacking is essential as well. A healthy snack option is almonds. They’re the perfect snack because they are both calorie-dense and nutrient-dense. My one guilty pleasure snack is ice cream. It is by far the best treat one could eat.

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. 

VITALIA® Strongsville in Strongsville, OH 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 Southwest General Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mallard Creek, Southpark Mall, Strongsville Historical Society, The Greens of Strongsville Shopping , and Don’s Pomeroy House.

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