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February 12, 2024

Delightful Dining: Nourishing Lives at Vitalia North Royalton

Category: Culinary

Author: John Danko, Culinary Director

When it comes to senior living, there are a few factors always to consider. 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. We are committed to the vitality, happiness, and longevity of those we serve at Vitalia North Royalton. 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 am always careful with the amount of salt used in my dishes. I’ve found flavor can be added using lots of fresh herbs instead of salt. One thing I always keep in mind when cooking for my residents is paying attention to the nine allergens.

Health-Conscious Suggestion

If a health-conscious resident were to ask me to suggest an entrée, it would be vegan jambalaya with soy vegan chorizo. You get protein from vegan chorizo, nutrients from vegetables, whole grains from brown rice, and healthy ingredients with identical flavors.

An item on my menu that focuses on nutrition is Greek artichoke salad. I would suggest hard-boiled eggs, yogurt parfait with fresh fruit, and black bean burgers for residents needing to gain weight.

When dining out, I like to eat the signature house dish I can’t find anywhere else. Healthy snacking is essential. A healthy snack option is hummus and pita chips. You get protein from the chickpeas and crunch from the pita chips. My one guilty pleasure is a snack custard pie.

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. 

VITALIA® North Royalton in North Royalton, OH 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 Parma Hospital and Southwest General Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Ridgewood Golf Course, Southpark Mall, Sleepy Hallow Golf Course, Cleveland Metro Parks, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and Heavily Hills Farm.

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