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February 9, 2024

Delightful Dining: Nourishing Secrets at The Boulevard St. Charles

Category: Culinary

Author: Derek Winning, 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 The Boulevard Senior Living – St. Charles. 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 by using fresh herbs and natural acids instead of salt to brighten up a dish. One thing I always keep in mind when cooking for my residents is I’m cooking to their taste, not mine.

Health-Conscious Suggestion

If a health-conscious resident were to ask me to suggest an entrée, it would be Chicken Cacciatore. It is very filling, yet low in fat, and most people love Italian food. Some items on my menu that focus on nutrition include hummus and veggie cups in the bistro. For residents needing to gain weight, I would suggest full-fat soups, like clam chowder, or loaded baked potato for a high-calorie addition to a meal. My assorted candied nuts are also always a hit. 

When dining out, I always consider my nutrition. My guilty pleasure meal is a big bowl of pasta or risotto. Healthy snacking is essential as well. A healthy snack option is popcorn. I love it. It’s filling and can be low-calorie. My guilty pleasure snack is good-quality ice cream. Whenever I’m on vacation, I always seek the best local ice creamery.

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. 

The Boulevard Senior Living of Saint Charles in St. Charles, MO 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 SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital St. Charles with convenient access to major shopping centers and clubs, including St. Peters Golf Club, Mid Rivers Mall, Katy Trail, Main Street St. Charles, New Town at St.Charles, and the Streets of St. Charles.

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