The dining options at The Village at Sugar Land are delicious and healthy. Our chefs prepare meals fresh and balance them to promote healthy lives. If your loved one has any dietary restrictions, then we will accommodate those as well. The chefs can also develop specific diets for your loved one if their health requires it.
In general, meals should have a balance of fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, and dairy. Each of these food groups provides essential vitamins and minerals. Using natural and fresh ingredients for each meal ensures that they are nutritional and appetizing.
A Balanced Diet
Healthier dishes contain fresher foods. This is especially true for fruits and vegetables. Fruits are high in sugar, but the sugar is natural. With that said, the types of fruits consumed should be greatly considered. For those with diabetes, low-sugar fruits are best. Strawberries, blackberries, oranges, and avocados are just a few examples. Our chefs take this into account when preparing meals for our residents.
Vegetables are incorporated into every meal at The Village at Sugar Land. Containing vitamins and minerals, vegetables provide a high amount of nutritional value into meals. Leafy greens are the best types of vegetables because they contain the highest amount of nutrition. Spinach, kale, and green beans are a few examples of what you can expect from our chefs.
The USDA reports Americans primarily consume white flour rather than whole grains. Grains are important for a balanced breakfast, but the hull must be included. The hull is the outer shell of the grain. Within white flour, the hull is removed from the final product, which contains the most nutrition. Your loved one will have access to whole grain foods while in our care.
When it comes to proteins, most people think of meats such as pork or beef. However, the best sources of protein come from beans, nuts, and fish. Another low-fat, lean meat is chicken and turkey. Certain cuts of pork and beef may also be acceptable. The chefs at our assisted living community will implement various sources of protein within daily meals.
Finally, dairy products are great sources of Vitamin C and D. These two minerals work best together. As most know, Vitamin C helps improve the strength of bones. Meanwhile, Vitamin D helps the body absorb Vitamin C, which is why it is best that they are consumed together.