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Heightened Focus on Freshness

Heightened Focus on Freshness

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Last Published: 12/10/2018

Heightened Focus on Freshness

These days, fresh is best when it comes to senior dining.  

Today’s seniors are no longer complacent with canned corn or peaches as they were in years past. Recent studies show that nearly one-third of today’s new senior community residents cite fresh vegetables as their favorite food, and even more of the group claims to crave them. Embracing the trend with the understanding that fresh fruit and vegetables are best for the health of their residents, facilities are looking for cost-effective ways to plate more fresh foods all year long. One senior living community in Pennsylvania recently constructed an aeroponic greenhouse in which plants are suspended in the air and watered by a drip system. The community’s harvested vegetables will be included on its in-house restaurant menu and as dining room features.

Operator Ideas:

Create opportunities to grow your own fruits and vegetables at your facility. If a full garden is not feasible, start on a smaller scale, growing herbs and spices you can use to flavor seniors’ meals without adding salt. Make the experience more interactive by involving residents in the planting or growing process.

Make house-made popsicles in bulk from fresh ingredients as a flavorful treat for residents. Mix fresh fruits, like blueberries and sliced bananas, with yogurt in a blender. Fill disposable cups or Popsicle® molds with the mixture and freeze overnight.

Celebrate each season with a local menu in your in-house restaurant or dining room. Watermelon or fresh tomato and cucumber salads make great summertime dishes. Entegra can help you source local produce to include on your menus.

Want more ideas for your senior living facility? Download entegra’s Top Ten Trends Paper for the Senior Segment.

Entegra Procurement Services regularly publishes blog posts on food trends and innovations in food services. Entegra is more than a group purchasing organization (GPO): Our team of procurement specialists implement strategic sourcing to bring the most value to your business. We help our clients, in many segments ranging from the healthcare supply chain to restaurant supply, to cut costs and consolidate their portfolios.

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