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February 9, 2024

Deliciously Nutritious: Culinary Adventures at Vitalia Montrose

Category: Culinary

Author: Hope Grubich, 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 Montrose. 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 salt-free garlic seasoning and herbs instead of salt. One thing I always keep in mind when cooking for my residents is to try to please every pallet with every meal with no added salt and never too much spice. The food must also look beautiful because we enjoy a meal with our eyes as much as we do with our mouths.

Health-Conscious Suggestion

If a health-conscious resident were to ask me to suggest an entrée. I would sugguest the fish of the week, grilled with sweet potato and fresh veggies. Everything in this dish feeds your mind and body, and it’s delicious! I plan on offering plant-based options to my menu, focusing on nutrition. For residents needing to gain weight, I would suggest magic cups, shakes, hearty soup, and meals with lots of small portion sides.

When dining out, I always consider my nutrition. My guilty pleasure meals are either pizza or chicken fingers. Healthy snacking is essential as well. A healthy snack option is fresh guacamole with cucumbers.

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® Montrose in Copley, 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 Cleveland Clinic with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mud Run Golf Course and Driving Range, Summit Mall, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Summit County Metro Park, Stan Hywet, and Hale Farm.

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