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February 12, 2024

Taste & Nutrition: Crafting Culinary Delights at Vitalia Solon

Category: Culinary

Author: Jordan Loop, 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 Solon. 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 herbs, spices, and some form of citrus instead of salt. I always keep the flavor in mind when cooking for my residents. We, as chefs, can make the healthiest dishes on the planet, but if they don’t taste good, no one will order them.

Health-Conscious Suggestion

If a health-conscious resident were to ask me to suggest an entrée, it would be a salmon entree with brown rice and asparagus.

This lean protein is a good source of healthy fats. Whole grains keep you satisfied, and a lovely green vegetable tastes good with lemon. I would suggest whole milk, magic cups, heavy cream, and butter for residents needing to gain weight. Consuming these items is an excellent way to add extra calories without much effort.

When dining out, I don’t always consider my nutrition. Healthy snacking is essential. A healthy snack option is hummus and pita or veggies. I like the flavor and how the snack fills without guilt. My one guilty pleasure snack is ice cream.

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® Solon in Solon, OH offers senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include The Lake Effect Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just southwest of Hwy 77 and 480 just moments from Ahuja medical with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Signature of Solon, Uptown Solon, Cleveland Metro Parks, Rollhouse Solon, and Chagrin Falls Shopping District.

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