Menu Services

Menu  Services for Long Term Care

 

Perfect for Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing Communities, Mental Health communities and Recovery and Rehabiliation Centers

Menu Subscription

Menus are written by  registered dietitian-nutritionists with years of experience working in skilling nursing communities, assisted living, recovery and rehabilitation centers, and mental health communities. Menus and recipes are well thought to include nutritious menus and recipes for BRAIN and HEART HEALTH. Enjoy the fresh new recipes residents will love.

The menus are printed and mailed to the facility on a quarterly basis. The menus are already written and ready to go. (No need for downloading software.) Menus are available in select and non- select. The recipe book has over 1000 delicious, economical and nutritious recipes. New recipes are introduced with new menu cycles.

To start facilities, pay the $500.00 start-up fee. The fee covers the cost of the starter recipe book.

Menu Subscriptions Focus on Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020

Key Elements:

  1. Healthy Eating Patterns across the lifespan – maintain a healthy body weight, support nutrient adequacy, and reduce chronic disease
  2. Focus on variety, nutrient density, and amount.
  3. Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake
  4. Shift to healthier food and beverage choices
  5. Supports healthy eating patterns for all

Menus Annual Non Select Subscription:

Menus are 4 cycles per year. Each cycle is 4 weeks. Each cycle is $250.00 per quarter.

Cycle 1 Jan.-March, Cycle 2 April – June, Cycle 3 July-Sept., Cycle 4 Oct.-Dec.

Menus Annual Select Subscription:

Menus are 4 cycles per year. Each cycle is 4 weeks. Each cycle is $300.00 per quarter.

Cycle 1 Jan.-March, Cycle 2 April – June, Cycle 3 July-Sept. , Cycle 4 Oct.-Dec.

Menus Annual Custom Subscription:

Prices vary. Contact for details.

Menus

The menus have weekly menu at a glance and daily spread sheets. The menu cycles are 4 weeks. The menus are planned as heart healthy.  Residents love the fresh taste of healthy homemade items. Menu items are select that are lower in fat, salt and added sugar. Serving a heart healthy diet plan as the base diet eliminates the need for a wide variety of menu item production and makes trayline and meal service run more efficient and quickly.   Texture modified diets are a texture modified version of the regular diet. Each recipe provides instruction for texture modification and therapeutic diets.

Standard Diets
Texture Modifications

  • Regular Texture
  • Chopped Texture
  • Ground Texture (Mechanical Soft or Fork Mashed)
  • Pureed Texture

Therapeutic Diets

  • Therapeutic Heart Healthy
  • Low Fat
  • Consistent Carbohydrate Diet
  • Sodium Controlled Diet (3-4 g. Sodium)
  • Low Sodium (2 g. Sodium)
  • Anti-GERD
  • Renal Diet
  • Gluten Free

Adverse Reactions to Foods

  • Egg-Free
  • Gluten-Free Diet
  • Milk-Free Diet
  • Lactose Controlled Diet
  • Nuts Free Diet
  • Fish/ Seafood

Recipes

Standardized Recipes are simple, delicious, economical and nutritious. Recipes are selected with  heart and brain health in mind. Each recipe includes: Food Safety and Quality Assurance guidelines, Recipe Name, Recipe Category, Portion Size, Ingredient List, Step by Step Instructions, Guidelines for preparing texture modified and therapeutic modified diets, and Allergies Alerts.

Menu Selections Focus on:

Foods to Fight Aging and Help Memory by including whole foods that are lower in fat, salt and sugar and taste great!

Recipes are selected to encourage a healthy brain and heart!  Residents will love the new recipes and great tastes.  Here are some key nutrients some sample recipes which are incorporated into the menu plans.

Key Nutrients

Folic Acid (folate) and Vitamin B 12

Menus/ recipes include more and beans and greens with home made salad dressing. The salads are extremely well accepted when paired with a tasty home-made salad dressing. A favorite salad is our Mango, Avocado, Pistachio Salad with Homemade Lime Vingarette or Butter Lettuce with Orange slices and Homemade Citrus Parmesan Dressing.  Delicious homemade soups can be a healthy and delicious way to get beans into the menus.  Residents love our Tuscan soup and Garbanzo Sweet Potato Soup

Sources of Folic Acid: Leafy Green and Beans

Sources of Vitamin B 12 : Meats, Poultry, Fish and Dairy

Pairing a food rich in folic acid and another rich in vitamin B 12 helps to prevent disorders of the central nervous system, mood disorders and dementia

 Selenium

Menus /recipes include great sources of Selenium. Great recipes to more Selenium include:  Pork Chops with Apple Mustard Glaze, Chicken and Artichokes over Brown Rice, Tuna Cakes with Lemon Dill sauce and so much more…

  • Selenium is  mineral that helps to reduce oxidative stress in the brain associated with some cases of mild to moderate depression in the elderly population
  • Sources: Oatmeal, Lean meats (pork, beef, chicken, turkey), whole grain bread, low fat dairy foods, nuts and seeds, brown rice, beans and legumes, seafood (oyster, clams, crab, sardine, fish)

Antioxidants

The benefits of antioxidants are well documented. Menu /recipe items include powerful antioxidants by including an abundant source of fruits and vegetables. Recipes include more flavor from adding spices and less salt. Spices are included in many of our recipes to boost antioxidants. A variety of fruits are offered for desserts. Recipes which include and boost the benefits of antioxidants include : Chicken Curry with Coconut milk, Poblano Chili Soup,  Curry Beef with Apple Couscous, Mango Banana Smoothies and so much more.

Help prevent damage and deterioration to brain cells with these foods:

  •  Different colored fruits and vegetables each day to get a variety
  • Spices: cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, garlic, garlic powder, chili powder
  • Dark Berries, Citrus, and tomatoes fight the negative effects of free radicals on cells in the brain

Protect Memory with Flavonoids

Tea is a part of the selection of beverages. We also have great recipes for berry smoothies to incorporate more berries in the menus. Adding the zest of citrus to cooked cereals is another way to incorporate great flavor and Flavonoids into the diet.

  • Tea (recommended 5 cups per day) Black, green or oolong
  • Brightly Colored Berries: blueberries, blackberries and raspberries
  • Citrus: Grapefruits, oranges, and lemons

Whole Grains

Menus and recipes include more whole grains. Favorites include Southwestern Chicken Barley Soup, Orzo and Wild Rice Salad, Quinoa Citrus and Cranberry Salad…and so much more.

  • Complex carbs: Release glucose slowly, helping us feel full longer and providing a steady source of fuel for the brain and body.
  • Primary source of energy for the brain is glucose from carbohydrates
  • Release serotonin, a mood boosting neurotransmitter
  • Selenium: A mineral that helps to reduce oxidative stress in the brain associated with some cases of mild to moderate depression in the elderly population
  • Types of Whole Grains: Beans, Brown/Wild Rice, Bulgar, Oats, Whole grain bread, Whole grain pasta, Soy, Quinoa

Lean Proteins

Lean proteins are encouraged on the menus/recipes. 

  • Tyrosine and other amino acids may help relieve stress, promote tranquility or restfulness and interact with serotonin in the brain to improve feelings of contentment.

Wild Cold Water Fish

Menus/ recipes include the very important Omega 3 fatty acids. Since the cost of seafood can be very pricey. Recipes have been developed to include salmon and tuna patties. The patties are served with a tasty sauce like creamy dill or lemon sauce. The patties are VERY well accepted in the communities. Homemade dressing are made with olive oils and canola oils to provide a healthy serving of Omega 3 fatty acids.

  • High in Omega 3 fatty acids may reduce symptoms of depression, clinically defined mood swings such as post-partum depression, schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Omega 3 have an effect on the production of neurotransmitters (brain chemicals responsible for mood) including dopamine and serotonin.
  • Support synapses in the brain to boost learning and memory

Leafy Greens

Menus/ recipes include a variety of leafy greens. The leafy greens are added to soups, steamed or served as a salad. The salads are always paired with a delicious home-made dressing. Leafy greens are also served on texture modified diets with modifications as stated on each recipe. Residents are in love with our fresh salads. 

High in Folic Acid and other B vitamin which can reduce systems of depression, fatigue and insomnia

Dairy and Active Culture

We have recipes for fruit smoothies made with yogurt.  Residents can enjoy a breakfast Strawberry Banana Fruit smoothie paired with our AWARD WINNING Homemade Pear Bread.

  • Rich in calcium, Vitamin D, whey protein, which help reduce fatigue, repair cell damage, stabilize mood, and promote feeling of well-being.
  • Fermented Foods with active cultures contain probiotics (healthy bacteria) which have shown in studies to reduce anxiety and stress hormones and effect the neurotransmitter GABA

 

To start , the facility will set up a contract and fill out a questionnaire to determine the needs of the facility facilities. The facility will then pay the $500.00 start-up fee. The fee covers the cost of the recipe book. New recipes are added as new menus are developed.

 

Contact us today for samples!

 

Jackie Larson MS RDN

Consultantdietitian.com

larsonassociates@cox.net

949 760-0877