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February 9, 2024

Flavorful Nourishment: Culinary Delights at Town & Country

Category: Culinary

Author: Anne Nardoni, 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 Town & Country. 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 by using my secret seven-herb mixture instead of salt. One thing I always keep in mind when cooking for my residents is to get to know them and listen so I can prepare foods they like and will eat. Poor nutrition can cause an older person’s health to crash very quickly.

Health-Conscious Suggestion

If a health-conscious resident were to ask me to suggest an entrée, it would be salmon Florentine or cod. Some items on my menu that focus on nutrition include salmon, cod, and shrimp. We can poach, grill, or bake it.

For residents needing to gain weight, I would suggest protein smoothies, rice pesto, alfredo sauce, potatoes, beans, quinoa, breads, butter, cheese, and eggs. Red meat helps build muscle. 

I don’t dine out often, but when I do, I eat whatever I want, and it’s rarely a healthy choice. Healthy snacking is essential. A healthy snack is edamame, unripe, green soybeans steamed or boiled in their pods. They are rich in vitamins and minerals and can help reduce your chance of breast and prostate cancer. It’s a tasty, low-calorie snack that can lower cholesterol and promote healthy blood sugar, and they are high in protein. My one guilty pleasure snack is chips and dips.

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. 

Town and Country Senior Living in Town and Country, MO offers independent living plus, 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. We are centrally located near St. Luke’s Hospital and Chesterfield Amphitheater. In addition, convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including the Ballwin Golf Course and Events Center, West Country Center, Lone Elk Park, Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, Myseum, and Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant.

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