Our menu choices are already carefully planned with senior’s health in mind while delivering variety and great flavor. Incorporating the Harvard Healthy Eating Plate philosophy into our menu expands the variety of healthy options for seniors to enjoy! Providing seniors with Harvard Healthy Entrée choices is another way Laureate Group Senior Communities empowers seniors to be independent and make positive decisions for themselves.
“Seniors today are more interested and more educated regarding proper nutrition, and want more information about the quality of their food,” explains Diane Szalai, Culinary Services Director at Laureate Group Senior Communities.
The Harvard Healthy Eating Plate was created by nutrition experts at the Harvard School of Public Health. It offers more specific recommendations for following a healthy diet and is based on the most up-to-date nutrition research.
Encourages Seniors to Consider Diet Quality
It helps to make healthier choices: choosing whole grains, a colorful variety of vegetables, and a healthy selection of proteins from fish, poultry, nuts, or beans over red and processed meats.
High meat intake increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and colon cancer, while high intakes of refined grains and potatoes make it hard to control weight. Providing seniors with our Harvard Healthy Entrée options rich in vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and healthy proteins helps lower the risk of weight gain and chronic diseases.
Research has also shown potential harm of high dairy intake. This is why the Harvard Healthy Eating Plate recommends limiting milk and dairy products to one to two servings per day, and drinking water with meals instead.
Harvard Healthy Eating Plate Diagram
Because Laureate Group Senior Communities cook from scratch, we can confidently serve our seniors well-balanced meals. With suggestions such as limiting white rice and white bread because the body rapidly turns them into blood sugar, our chefs consciously choose whole grains whenever possible.
Dr. Anthony Komaroff, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School describes this diagram as “an easy to use but specific guide to healthy eating based on the best science available.”