Nutritious Salad Ideas From an Aurora Assisted Living Community
Elevate Your Loved One’s Health [Assisted Community Aurora, CO]
There’s just something about a delicious and nutritious salad that can freshen up your day! Not only are they tasty, but they can be made with ingredients that support your loved one’s brain health. At Belleview Heights, a top-notch assisted living community in Aurora, Colorado, we implement the MIND Diet, a program that was designed to foster brain health. The program was created by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago after they found evidence that eating certain types of foods and avoiding others may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 53 percent. Luckily, a lot of these “good” ingredients can be used to make yummy salads, such as:
Green leafy vegetables (think spinach and salad greens)
Other vegetables (carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.)
There are so many different salads that you can make your loved one that incorporate some of these ingredients. The best part is that they are both nutrient-packed and delicious! Check out these nutritious salad ideas from Belleview Heights.
Considered to be a main-dish American garden salad, the Cobb is bright, full of flavor, and includes fun ingredients. A typical cobb salad includes:
Chopped salad greens (iceberg lettuce, romaine, or mixed greens)
Hard-boiled egg halves
Grilled chicken breast
Crumbled blue cheese
Red wine vinegar
Bacon pieces (even a little bit will add great flavor and crunch!)
Greek salad, which is also known as horiatiki salad, is popular in Greek cuisine. Its ingredients make it light and refreshing on a warm day. One thing to note is that it does not contain meat, but chicken would be a great addition to some extra protein! A typical greek salad includes:
Tomato cubes or slices
Red onion slices
Topped with salt, pepper, olive oil and Greek oregano
Fruit salads are another refreshing salad option that can be served to your loved one as an appetizer, side salad or even a healthy dessert. It is a fruit dish that consists of a medley of fruits, which are sometimes served in a liquid such as syrup. Other additions could include yogurt or nuts. Here are some fresh fruits you could mix and match to create a yummy fruit salad:
If your loved one is a taco lover, then they’re sure to love this twist on a salad! Combining ingredients from Tex-Mex tacos, taco salads are a yummy meal with the taste of a taco in each bite. So next time you make tacos, be sure to save the leftovers to make this salad with! Here are the ingredients for a typical taco salad:
Meat: Lean ground beef, chicken or shrimp
Dressings: chipotle ranch or cilantro lime vinaigrette are great choices!
These are a few salad options that offer variety to your salad selection, but there are still so many other salad options to explore. Some other examples include caesar salad, salmon avocado salad, pasta salad, chicken salad–the list goes on! The best part about salad is that you can customize them to your loved one’s preferences. At Belleview Heights, we strive to make meals like salads that incorporate foods from the MIND diet to help promote memory for our residents!
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Belleview Heights, contact our friendly team today.
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