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February 10, 2024

The Castlewood: Nourishing Hearts and Souls Through Culinary Care

Category: Culinary

Author: Sara Smith, 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. At The Castlewood Senior Living, we prioritize the vitality, happiness, and longevity of those we serve. 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 always exercise caution with the amount of salt I use in my dishes. I’ve discovered that flavor can be enhanced using fresh herbs and garlic instead of relying on salt. One thing I always keep in mind when cooking for my residents is this is their home, and we are here to take care of them and make them happy.

Health-Conscious Suggestion

If a health-conscious resident asked me to suggest an entrée, it would be our heart-healthy plate available daily for lunch and dinner. It includes a choice of pan-seared fish or grilled chicken with cottage cheese and sliced tomato.

Some items on my menu that prioritize nutrition include the heart-healthy plate, grilled and pan-seared fish options, grilled chicken, and our weekly salad menu, which can be supplemented with fish or chicken for a complete meal. For residents needing to gain weight, I would suggest everyone’s favorite option: ice cream. Peanut butter and protein shakes are healthy options for protein and added calories. We also have items available anytime if someone needs a snack between meals.

When dining out, I always consider my nutrition and make good choices. Healthy snacking is essential as well. A healthy snack option is a mini charcuterie. It gives me some of my favorite things to snack on, like cheese, crackers, fruits, and nuts. My guilty pleasure snack is anything citrus, like lemon bars or almond M&Ms.

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. 

The Castlewood Senior Living in Nixa, MO 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 Cox Medical Center South and with convenient access to major shopping centers, including Fremont Hills Country Club, Fountain Plaza, Smallin Civil War Cave, 160 Grand Prix Amusement Center, and the 4 X 4 Brewery-Fremont.

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