Benefits of Using Freshly Grown Ingredients in Meals for Seniors

As part of our holistic approach to senior living, we offer a Signature Dining to our seniors. This service includes benefits from daily social interaction, hot meals and snacks, as well as an array of individualized care services. As the summer cookouts continue to commence, here are some of the benefits seniors get to enjoy by incorporating freshly grown ingredients.

Better Flavor

First and foremost, locally grown food simply tastes better. Growing fruits and vegetables ourselves allow us to ensure there are no added preservatives or chemicals to the food that would not only create health concerns but also take that fresh flavor out of the food. According to a study done by Michigan State University, “When grown locally, the crops are picked at their peak of ripeness versus being harvested early in order to be shipped and distributed to your local retail store.” Vegetables bought from a store simply cannot compete with the vegetables you bring right from the farm to the table.

Fewer Health Concerns and Less of a Carbon Footprint

Not only do locally grown ingredients allow us to ensure the health and safety of our seniors, but they also allow us to help the environment. Knowing that you are eating the best and most fresh quality of products gives our seniors peace of mind as they enjoy their meal regardless of virtually any preexisting health conditions. The University of Washington notes that, “Less distance between your food’s source and your kitchen table leaves less of a chance of contamination. Some foods are shipped literally thousands of miles; that is a big carbon footprint that could be avoided by (choosing) local and seasonal foods.”

A Booming Garden is a Beautiful Sight to See

Not only do our gardens encourage a sense of community among our seniors, but they also provide a beautiful visual aspect that they can take pride in. Additionally, many of our seniors had gardens growing up or in their younger years so it offers them a great sense of purpose that is familiar to them. Nationwide discussed the benefits of growing a garden by saying, “A vegetable and fruit garden can add life, color and beauty to your backyard. The smell of ripening strawberries and the sight of crisp cucumbers are a warm invitation to people and pollinators alike. Plus, the insects they attract will likely pollinate other plants as well, making your whole garden grow faster.”

Most importantly, our clients are able to choose what fresh ingredients would be in their garden. For example, if they want to have a dish that calls for a particular vegetable or fruit, they can simply plant a new seed in their garden. Our Executive Director, Eileen Parenti, discussed our Services and Amenities by stating, “Our vision is to provide the best tasting, highest quality and freshest ingredients for our seniors.”

At Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services, we pride ourselves on our holistic approach to senior living that allows clients to enjoy life to the fullest. To learn more about our services, click here.