Incorporate Fresh Vegetables Into Your Diet At Assisted Living In NY
Enjoy the taste of fresh, in-season produce!
End-of-summer days mean that fresh produce is perfect for plating. Here at Juniper Glen, we love to help our residents incorporate delicious seasonal ingredients into their daily meals. Ensuring a balanced diet for all of our residents is one of our top priorities, which is why our amazing chefs focus on the MIND diet, which consists of nutritious foods proven to support the brain and prevent cognitive decline. Keep reading for a list of delicious and in-season fruits and veggies that are MIND diet-friendly, and fun ways to incorporate them into your daily life!
Cantaloupe and honeydew melons
With so many delicious and in-season fruits to choose from, consider trying one of these flavorful dishes:
This simple, yet elevated way to eat peaches will bring you coming back for more! For the preaches, simply drizzle them with a little oil and grill on high, rotating halfway through to ensure you get those beautiful char-grilled marks. Then, you can top it with whatever you desire–this recipe from the Food Network suggests cinnamon sugar butter. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream for the perfect sweet hot-and-cold treat.
Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint
A delicious and refreshing side for any summer meal, this salad is sure to make you come back for seconds. Combine fresh mint, cubed watermelon and cucumber with crumbled feta. Then, drizzle it with olive oil and lime or lemon juice. Finish with salt and pepper to taste. This recipe also mentions adding avocado and red onion, which would be an excellent addition to this delightful salad.
Tomato Caprese Salad
Tomatoes are often thought of as a vegetable, but technically they are fruit, which is why we have included them here! A tomato Caprese salad functions great as a dinner salad, side or afternoon snack! For this dish, slice fresh mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes into half-inch slices– layer them in an alternating pattern, adding fresh basil in between. Then, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze, and top it off with some salt and pepper! Check out a more detailed version of this dish by The Pioneer Woman here.
Here are some delicious dishes incorporating delicious and in-season veggies:
Elevate your taco night by trying out a delicious corn salsa recipe. This delicious take on salsa adds a sweet bite to any chip, taco, burrito, or dish you choose to add it to. Utilizing fresh in-season corn will only enhance the flavors in this tasty dip. Check out a full recipe here.
Similar to our take on grilled peaches, grilled zucchini is a delicious summer treat that is both healthy and heartwarming! Slice the zucchini long-ways and brush both sides with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper (and any additional spices you would like). Then, grill on medium-high heat until cooked through! Serve this yummy vegetable as a side with any lean protein and whole grain and you have yourself a delicious summer meal!
Grilled Yellow Squash
Cook the same way you would the grilled zucchini above. Try this recipe if looking for more substantial guidance!
Whichever way you choose to incorporate in-season produce into your or your loved one’s end-of-summer meals, all of us at Juniper Glen are here to help and support whatever needs our residents have.
Decorating your space is one of the best ways to celebrate the season! We love seeing our residents celebrate with their favorite traditional seasonal decorations. Whether you love holiday photos from years past, a decorative item with a story behind it, or all of the classic holiday decor, we want to know:
Cooking workshops are significantly enhancing the lives of our residents in our care communities!
Cooking activates both hemispheres of the brain, offering an amazing mental exercise. It engages memory, problem-solving, and creativity, aiding in the retention of cognitive skills. These cooking classes also encourage socializing and community spirit. We strive to always provide our residents a place to connect through shared tasks, exchanging stories, and forming valuable relationships, which helps to alleviate loneliness.
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