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February 12, 2024

Indulge in Flavorful Wellness: Dining at Vitalia Stow

Category: Culinary

Author: Nicholas Stromack, 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 Vitalia Stow, 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 take care with the amount of salt used in my dishes. I’ve discovered that flavor can be enhanced using fresh herbs and spices instead of relying on salt. One thing I always keep in mind when cooking for my residents is if I would enjoy this meal. I always want to put out quality products.

Health-Conscious Suggestion

If a health-conscious resident asked me to suggest an entrée, I would recommend our hand-cut Atlantic salmon paired with freshly prepared vegetables. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which promote a healthy heart.

I’ve added several items to the menu that are nutrition-focused. These include fresh salmon, daily and weekly fresh vegetables, many salads, prepared grilled chicken, and plenty of grain options such as wild rice pilaf. For residents needing to gain weight, I suggest fortified oatmeal, calorie-dense snacks, and desserts, and we make handmade milkshakes.

When dining out, I think about nutrition less than I should; however, I always try to eat a balanced meal. Healthy snacking is essential. Frozen grapes make for a healthy snack option. They’re both tasty and refreshing. My one guilty pleasure snack is canned, liquid nacho cheese and chips.

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® Stow in Stow, OH offers senior villas, independent apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include 1804 Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just off of Hwy 8 at E Steels Corners Road near Akron General Health & Wellness Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Fox Den Golf Course, Summit Mall, Bike & Hike – Summit Metro Parks, Stan Hywet, Hale Farm, and Blossom Music Center.

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