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February 10, 2024

Cedar Trails: Nurturing Wellness Through Flavorful Creations

Category: Culinary

Author: Cayla Russ, 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 Cedar Trails 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 using garlic, Italian herbs, butter, and cream instead of salt. One thing I always keep in mind when cooking for my residents is not to add salt unless necessary for the quality of the product.

Health-Conscious Suggestion

If a health-conscious resident were to ask me to suggest an entrée, it would be Chef salad or some of my soups. The chef’s salad allows for protein without the high calories, and I put lots of fresh veggies in my soup. Some items on my menu that focus on nutrition include fresh fruit, salads, and yogurt, all available every meal. We also always have healthy, high-protein snacks in the bistro. I would suggest cheeseburgers, baked potatoes, and chicken tenders for residents needing to gain weight. 

When dining out, I always consider my nutrition. Healthy snacking is essential as well. A healthy snack option is red pepper hummus and pita bread. My one guilty pleasure snack is hot Cheetos.

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. 

Cedar Trails Senior Living in Freeburg, IL 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 St. Elizabeth’s Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers, including The Orchards Golf Club, Target, Eckerts Belleville Farm, Braeutigam Orchards, and the Belle Clair fairgrounds & Expo Center.

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