We all know that our diet can affect how we feel, our moods, and our daily routine. As we age and our appetites change, it's even more important to maintain proper nutrition for optimal health and well-being. That's the inspiration behind Food for Life™, the chef-driven approach communities managed by The Goodman Group use, which allows residents to enjoy a restaurant-style dining experience that offers healthy and fresh choices that promote aging successfully.
Food for Life identifies the healthy menu items that are lower in sodium, fat and calories.
IMPORTANCE OF EATING HEALTHY
Research shows that eating nutritious foods can promote longer, healthier living. Making informed, smart food choices offer many benefits to aging adults. That is why our menus always include a broad spectrum of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins while avoiding high salt and processed ingredients. This ensures that residents are receiving the nutrition they need.
Patrick, former executive chef at Chandler Place, a community managed by The Goodman Group, discusses the importance of nutrition for older adults. "As their appetites change, it's even more important that they have food that provides all of the nutrients that are required for successful aging," he explains. "Food for Life menu options offer nutrient-dense items, where the smaller portions still provide all the proper nutrition people need to successfully age."
THE GOODMAN GROUP FOOD FOR LIFE MENU OFFERINGS
We strive to give residents the best dining experience possible. With a mind, body and spirit approach, Food for Life helps enable residents to achieve an optimum level of overall well-being. Mark Holmes, national director of culinary operations at The Goodman Group shares, “Our job is not just to put food on plates but to think about how the person views that plate physically and mentally. We know that we’re only as good as the last meal we served.”
Each meal is thoughtfully presented to stimulate appetites with flavor, color, texture and visual appeal. Our residents enjoy a full range of traditional, regional and homestyle meal favorites.
"Successful aging is what we're all about at communities managed by The Goodman Group," Chef Patrick explains. "And we believe that food can help people to do this in a variety of ways. We try to lighten the cooking process a little bit, substituting whole grains for more refined grains, using minimal amounts of salt, using lots of fresh herbs and spices to increase flavor."