What’s cooking for dinner at your house? Are you excited about your next meal?
Many older adults find that eating healthy is time-consuming and, frankly, boring. They’re tired of fighting traffic to get to the grocery store, and even more tired of endless meal preparation and cleanup.
Good food is important. Research shows that the right nutritional program can expand your life by up to a decade, and most of us have experienced how exceptional nutrition can help us feel better and do more.
However, good health is about more than just balanced portions and whole foods—your pleasure matters, too. Happy people live longer, and so do those who stay socially active. Dining should be a joyful experience that nourishes the mind and spirit, not just the body. It’s also an opportunity to connect with friends and loved ones over a delicious meal.
If your loved one is considering the move to a senior living community, senior living meals offer a break from everything stressful about nutrition and a chance to level up their diet. At Cedarhurst, residents enjoy exceptional, chef-styled food all day, every day. We make eating healthy easy and fun, and our stunning dining spaces turn every meal into an event.
At Cedarhurst, we’re cooking up more than just delicious meals. Our commitment to exceptional dining is all about Living TRUESM, our ethos of maximizing pleasure and wellness at every stage of life.
Check out some of our top senior living dining menu options.
A Sample of Top Meals on the Cedarhurst Menu
At Cedarhurst, our seasonal, farm-fresh fare means residents will never be bored. Our Crafted by CedarhurstSM dining program means we rotate menus regularly and draw inspiration from local favorites. Here are some top meals from our recent menus:
Salads and Appetizers
What meal would be complete without a delicious salad or some enticing appetizers to tickle the palate? Residents enjoy options such as:
- Baby spinach, goat cheese, strawberries, red onions, and poppy seed dressing
- Daily choice of steamed vegetables
- Garden salad with seasonal greens
- Seasonal daily soup
Every day we offer unique specials, many made with local and fresh ingredients. Check out some of these recent favorites:
- Margherita pizza
- Lemon-garlic shrimp
- House-made crispy chicken strips
A perennial lunch classic, sandwiches are a filling option—and a great way to add some extra protein and fiber to the diet. Some recent options included:
- Tuna melt
- Craft your own sandwich
- Clubhouse turkey
- Classic burger
Our connection to food is deeply emotional. You can probably still remember the taste of your parents’ favorite homemade dessert or a traditional family holiday dish.
Our all-day favorites are delicious and innovative takes on classic comfort foods, and they’re available throughout day so residents can grab them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even as a snack:
- Oatmeal featuring brown sugar, dried raisins or cranberries, and nuts
- Morning egg wrap with spinach, tomato, and Swiss cheese
- Blueberry and granola pancake with honey and seasonal fruit
- Eggs your way, bacon or sausage, and hashbrowns or toast
- Seasonal fruit
- Yogurt parfait
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The Cedarhurst Approach to Senior Living Meals
Many of our residents tell us that myths about senior living delayed their move—thereby delaying access to our exceptional amenities and high quality of life. For many, concerns about boring food, sterile dining rooms, and flavorless healthy eating figure prominently in their reasons for avoiding senior living.
At Cedarhurst, every meal is an immersive experience that stimulates the senses (and residents’ zest for life).
Standout Mealtime Features
Here are some of the mealtime features of Crafted by CedarhurstSM that set us apart:
- Dining all day: Residents don’t have to eat on someone else’s schedule or worry about a closed kitchen. They can head down to our beautiful dining space on their own time and always find a delicious meal or snack.
- Fresh regional soups: Soups are a sensory treat with savory, spicy, and sour flavors blending together seamlessly. At Cedarhurst, our regionally inspired soups are works of culinary art.
- Always-available favorites: Does your loved one enjoy planning a coffee date or a movie night? Our delicious and nutritious snacks and comfort foods are always available. Everyone deserves a chance to enjoy their favorite delights day after day, and at Cedarhurst, residents can count on ready access to the food they love.
- Daily specials: No one should ever get bored with their menu. We keep diners coming back day after day with fresh, inspired daily specials.
Dining Options Tailored for Health
Food can be a key aspect of enhancing health, too. If your loved one has a chronic medical condition, their doctor might have mentioned that a shift in diet is vital to improved health.
We offer a number of special menu options tailored to the health and nutritional needs of our residents. They include:
- Heart healthy, for those especially concerned about cardiac health
- Boost Your BrainSM, good for preserving and strengthening cognitive functions
- Gluten-free, to satisfy those with gluten intolerance
- Diabetic-friendly, using sugar substitutes to protect residents who have diabetes
- Low-sodium, for those who need to limit salt intake
Why Senior Living Dining Matters
As your loved one ages, nutrition becomes more and more important to their health. You might have seen this already—the foods they ate without a care in the world a few years ago now pack on the pounds or leave them sleepy.
The right foods can help stave off some of the most common age-related medical conditions. For example, adequate vitamin D intake can protect strong bones and reduce the risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis. As people age, they absorb less vitamin B12, but it’s a critical element for building red blood cells and DNA. Fiber helps improve digestion, reduces the risk of constipation, and may play a role in preventing cardiovascular disease. And Omega-3 fatty acids may promote long-term brain health.
The complicated nutritional needs of aging are enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed. But residents at Cedarhurst don’t have to make a list of ingredients and painstakingly prepare every meal. Instead, eating right is about choosing a variety of whole foods, and making a few savvy choices tailored to nutrition and health goals.
We take great pride in crafting nutritious food that doesn’t taste bland. Residents discover daily how sodium-free choices can still be flavorful, and how many delicious desserts are available to enjoy on a gluten-free diet. Healthy eating isn’t sustainable if it leaves a person feeling deprived and unhappy. That’s why our chefs dedicate themselves to creative solutions that taste good and improve residents’ health.
We’re here to do the work for our residents so they can focus on doing whatever brings them the most joy and fulfillment.
Senior Living Dining at Cedarhurst
Your loved one deserves a lifetime of food that tastes good—and that’s good for them. At Cedarhurst, we know food is about more than a single meal. It’s a commitment to long-term well-being, a chance to connect, and a chance to live the best life.
Dive into what senior living meals are like at Cedarhurst today. Download our free guide, More Than A Menu: What’s Cooking at Cedarhurst, to learn more about the Crafted by CedarhurstSM program.