Ruminations on health, wellness and nutrition

A Menu Planning Program Facilitates Diet Extension Management

  Menu Planning

Using a menu planning program can make diet extension management much easier in the residential care or nursing home environment. Trying to keep track of which resident has which dietary restriction can be a challenge if you’re stuck with paper spreadsheets or outdated software. Ensuring that every tray of food complies with the patient’s doctor’s orders can strain staff resources, leading to …

Recipe Ideas for Seniors: Healthier, Heartier Soups

  Menu Planning

Hearty, wintertime recipe ideas for seniors often involve warming comfort foods like stews and soups. When the cold winds blow outdoors, a delicious soup can really hit the spot, especially for older adults who become more susceptible to the cold.   National Soup Month is the perfect time to explore the secrets to making healthier, heartier soups for seniors. Follow these dietitian-approved tips …

Assisted Living Food Menus & Memory-Boosting Superfoods

  Assisted Living Menus

When assisted living food menus incorporate memory-boosting superfoods, it helps improve residents’ brain health and protect against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Superfood compounds are available as nutritional supplements. However, older adults are better off consuming the whole foods than taking pills, as superfoods in their natural forms are more easily absorbed and utilized by the body. As …

Dietitian-Approved Menus and Processed Foods

  Menu Planning

Many dietitian-approved menus incorporate processed foods. Although that’s probably what you expected to learn, processed foods have a negative reputation – and undeservedly so. Almost every food is processed in some way. You could even say that anything that isn’t served in its original form has been processed. And, by that standard, simple, healthy options like applesauce and olive …