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February 12, 2024

Nutrition and Flavor Fusion: Elevating Dining at The Westbury Senior Living

Category: Culinary

Author: Humberto Barraza, Regional Director of Culinary Compliance

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 Westbury 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 garlic, onion powders, oregano, parsley, and red or black pepper seasonings instead of salt. I always keep their favorite dishes in mind when cooking for my residents.

Health-Conscious Suggestion

If a health-conscious resident were to ask me to suggest an entrée, it would be a salad with grilled chicken and almonds. It’s delicious and nutrient-rich. An item on my menu focusing on nutrition is pork rib eye with sauteed spinach, tomatoes, garlic, and steamed rice. It is low in calories, approximately 550. For residents needing to gain weight, I suggest chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes topped with gravy and fresh vegetables.

When dining out, I always consider my nutrition, looking at the number of calories in the dish. My one guilty pleasure meal is the roast rib eye. Healthy snacking is essential. A healthy snack option is hummus because it is low in calories.

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 Westbury Senior Living in Columbia, 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 University Hospital and Boone Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mizzou Tigers, Columbia Mall, The Broadway Shops, MKT Nature and Fitness Trail, Finger Lake State Park, and LA Nickell Golf Course.

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