From our Chefs

8 Special Recipes LG Seniors Recommend for Thanksgiving

Need some last-minute Thanksgiving recipes? We've gathered 8 recipes from Laureate Group seniors and their families that represent treasured memories which reach back to almost 100 years. Some recipes are family keepsakes, and some are brand new. They all reflect the love of good cooking and happy kitchens!

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Tips for Selecting Healthy Foods as You Age

March is National Nutrition Month. Giving your body the correct nutrients it needs and maintaining a healthy weight can help you stay active and independent. In doing this, you can prevent unnecessary trips to the doctor, especially if you have a chronic condition such as diabetes or heart disease.

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Food for Thought

Mounting research on Alzheimer’s Disease has shown that diet is a very important factor in preventing the onset of this disease. The MIND diet, which stands for "Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay” was developed by Martha Clare Morris, a nutritional epidemiologist at Rush University Medical Center, Morris' study, funded by the National Institute on Aging, followed the food intake of 923 Chicago-area seniors. The results, published online February 2015, found the MIND diet lowered Alzheimer's risk by about 35 percent for those who followed it moderately well and up to 53 percent for those who were rigorous followers.

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Healthy Eating for Quality of Life

We’ve all heard the old adage ‘you are what you eat’, but have you ever stopped to think exactly how true that is? Put simply, healthy eating is the key to wellbeing. We all have up to 100 trillion cells in our bodies, each one demanding a constant supply of daily nutrients in order to function optimally. Food affects all of these cells, and by extension, every aspect of our being: mood, energy levels, food cravings, thinking capacity, sleeping habits, and general health. If you feed your body convenience foods it’ll simply lay down fat, lower your energy, and even your brain power.

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A Well Deserved Thanks to Our Dining Team

Laureate Group thanks our dining team for their hard work and dedication on the job. For many in our senior communities, meals are the highlight of the day. Our seniors enjoy getting together with their friends over a good meal and talking about the day’s events. We all know that a food tastes way better when they are enjoyed in the company of friends!

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Eat Real Food for Better Health

Sodium gets a lot of attention among health professionals, dietitians and nutritionists. Consuming too little negatively effects cholesterol and insulin resistance. Consuming too much raises blood pressure, a precursor for cardiovascular disease.What is the easiest solution? Eat real food. That's our secret.

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Wheat Berry Salad With Walnuts

Whole grains are good sources for fiber and important nutrients such as potassium, magnesium and selenium because their bran and germ have not been removed by milling. Whole grains - barley, brown rice, bulgur, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, oatmeal, and wheat berries featured here, are increasingly easier to find in local markets.

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Tropical French Toast

Makes 6 servings. This is a favorite at Wilkinson Woods. The recipe seems decadent but the emphasis is really on fresh fruit. Use any combination.

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Lemon Rice With Raisins and Almonds

Makes 4 servings. This rice dish is ideal with chicken or fish.

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Greek Style Chicken

Greek Style Chicken

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Dining In Our Communities Is Like Dining Out

Since we prepare home cooked meals every day of the year, it should not be a surprise that our chefs like to mix things up from time to time. A Polynesian theme is the perfect excuse to roast a pig. A summer fish boil can bring back memories of trips up to Door County. Opening day, making paczkies for Fat Tuesday and the first summer picnic of the season are just a few examples of how we take our food seriously.

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Laureate Group Chefs Win Top Awards

Feeding hundreds of older adults a day, our chefs are serious in their approach. We stress variety and presentation so our residents enjoy a well-rounded, healthy diet in the comfort of our homey dining rooms. So, we were thrilled to take home top honors (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) in the Milwaukee Aging Consortium’s 1st Annual Golden Spatula Cooking Contest.

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Is Mom Eating Enough Protein?

What many people do not realize is that researchers are learning that as we age, we need more protein in our diet to keep muscles and joints strong. To get the full benefit of those yoga classes or aerobics seniors have to pay attention to what they eat.

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Laureate Group Chefs Support YMCA's Something Cooking

Who better to offer cooking demonstrations on healthy eating than chefs who feed hundreds of older adults each day? Like any good chef, our entire food preparation team works hard to offer wholesome food that our residents truly enjoy. We take great pride in knowing how we have helped so many manage their diets well and reap the benefits of healthy eating.

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Good Thing Whole Grains Are Gaining In Popularity

Whole grains are better sources for fiber and important nutrients such as potassium, magnesium and selenium because their bran and germ have not been removed by milling. Refined grains are milled, to remove the bran and germ, to give them a finer texture and extend shelf life. Unfortunately, the milling strips out nutrients and fiber, too. Refined grains include white flour and white rice, and are the basis for many of our favorite breads, crackers, cereals, desserts and pastries.

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