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Embrace Spring With A Senior Potluck Picnic

Now that the weather is becoming more pleasant, seniors residing in assisted living communities may find that the climate is right for heading outdoors for some activities. Although taking a leisurely stroll under the reawakening trees is a quaint option, organizing a group picnic might be even more appealing. By hosting a picnic, seniors can enjoy a bit of cheerful chatter and healthy foods, drinking in the sunshine and warm air all the while.

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Braised Greens with Caramelized Shallots from Sunrise of Johns Creek, GA

This is an original recipe created by the dining services coordinator at Sunrise of Johns Creek to offer fresh and healthy greens that would appeal to the taste of all of our residents. There’s a diverse community of residents who hail from upstate New York, through the South, and as far south as the Caribbean. Many residents from places outside of the South, are not accustomed to eating collards but may have grown up eating kale. The mustard greens are there for a little sharpness and bite in the flavor profile. The combination of the three types of greens was a big hit and is often requested by the residents.

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Roasted Red Pepper Dip From Sunrise of Pacific Palisades, CA

After once ordering too many red peppers, the chef at Sunrise of Pacific Palisades, CA, got creative and whipped up his own dip, incorporating the healthy vegetable – and it’s been a hit with our residents ever since! This nutrition-packed dip is a party favorite and is served at every Thursday afternoon social at this community.

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Minty Fresh Fruit Salad with Cinnamon Chips from Sunrise of Northville, MI

Looking for a light, refreshing snack that won’t tip the scale this Valentine’s Day? Try this delicious fruit salad that reaps the benefits of a variety of antioxidants by combining different fruits in one bowl. This chef’s favorite has made an appearance at many of his family’s gatherings – and it will be a hit at yours, as well! This recipe is already a requested favorite at Sunrise of Northville’s community socials.

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Host A Healthy Super Bowl Party

On Sunday, Feb. 2, televisions will be aglow as football fans gather to watch the 48th Super Bowl - a showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. The event is a highlight of the annual sporting calendar, and TV viewers alone are anticipated to spend billions of dollars stocking up on game day gear and snacks this year.

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Low-Calorie Dips And Spreads

How are those New Year's resolutions going? As you may have discovered, after the initial enthusiasm for working out and watching what you eat, diet- and exercise-related commitments can be difficult to keep. However, residents of senior living in particular know how much they have to gain from maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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Give Thanks For Low-Carb Stuffing

Stuffing is a holiday favorite and a staple at many Thanksgiving tables. Although the delicious dish often comes with a high calorie and carb count, some veggie-savvy recipe alternatives ditch the carbohydrates without losing any of the flavor. Try this option inspired by Food Network, which can provide a healthier feature at your next holiday meal that friends and family will be sure to love:

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Study: White Vegetables Have Nutritional Value

If you're interested in improving senior living by eating well, you've probably heard that green vegetables like kale, broccoli and zucchini are the best of the best. While this may be true in some respects, a recent study published in the Advances in Nutrition supplement shows that it's not always wise to judge a vegetable by its color.

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