Here's a look at what the finalists will be making, along with their nutritional highlights.
The Sunrise Signature Dining program is one of the many ways we champion quality of life for all seniors. We work hard to meet the unique nutritional needs of each resident, while also creating a variety of flavorful and creative menu options. Our annual Senior Eats™ Nutritional Challenge, is one of our favorite (and most fun!) ways to develop new menu offerings as we bring Sunrise chefs from around the United States and Canada to compete in a cook-off competition.
We challenged our chefs to submit recipes that met certain nutritional guidelines, yet still tasted delicious and would be something our residents would love to eat. We selected five finalists who will travel to The Fairfax, a Sunrise community outside of Washington, D.C., for the competition on Tuesday, September 13. Sunrise residents and guests will judge and pick their favorite recipe.
Here's a look at what the finalists will be making, along with their nutritional highlights. Stay tuned for the full recipes for each of these delicious dishes, available on the blog after the competition. And, don't forget to follow us on Facebook, where we'll be sharing behind the scenes photos and videos.
Mickey Averill, Sunrise of Norwood, MA
Chicken Bruschetta with Asparagus & Caramelized Onions
Chicken is an excellent source of protein with 4-ounces of breast meat providing 35 grams of the nutrient.
Asparagus is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, and chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.
Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that plays an important role in bone health.
Onions contain quercetin, an antioxidant that has been shown to reduce inflammation, which may help relieve both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Charlie Chhut, Sunrise of Belmont, CA
Charred Beef Skewers with Quick Pickled Vegetables & Steamed Jasmine Rice
Beef is high in protein, iron, zinc and selenium. Iron helps metabolize proteins in the body, including hemoglobin and myoglobin, which carry oxygen in our blood. Zinc prevents damage to blood vessel walls and is necessary for the immune system to function properly. Selenium has been shown to reduce the severity of certain inflammatory conditions such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
Ginger is a powerful antioxidant and has been shown to alleviate gastrointestinal distress and relax the intestinal tract.
Turmeric is a bright yellow spice that has long been used for medicinal purposes. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory that may improve a wide variety of conditions ranging from arthritis to digestive disorders.
Christopher Countiss, Sunrise of Severna Park, MD
Chilled Crab Salad over Cucumber "Pasta"
Crab is high in vitamin B12, which helps support normal brain function, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and produce healthy red blood cells. Crab also contains the mineral chromium. Chromium enhances the action of insulin, making crab a good choice for diabetics as it may help control blood sugar levels.
Cucumbers are a good source of vitamins B1, B7, C and K, and copper, potassium, manganese, phosphorus and magnesium. High water content also makes cucumbers a great source of hydration.
Aldo Elisino, Sunrise of Beaconsfield, QC
Grilled Salmon with Sautéed Vegetables & Maple Syrup Vinaigrette
Salmon is an excellent source of DHA and EPA, essential omega-3 fatty acids that are building blocks of brain tissue and may help reduce the cognitive decline associated with aging.
Kale is high in iron, fiber, potassium, and vitamins C and K. The antioxidants in kale help support cardiovascular health and reduce inflammation in the body.
Maple syrup is a healthier alternative to refined sweeteners like granulated sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Maple syrup is an excellent source of manganese, which is necessary for energy production and antioxidant defenses. It is also a good source of vitamin B2, which aids in the metabolic process, and zinc, which is essential for a healthy immune system.
Juan Madrid, Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue, D.C.
Quinoa Crusted Cod with Vegetable Risotto & Tomato Remoulade
Cod is an excellent low-calorie source of protein with a 4-ounce portion providing nearly half of the recommended daily allowance for only 120 calories. Cod is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B6 and B12.
Quinoa is the edible seed of a grain crop closely related to beetroot and spinach. It is a complete protein, containing sufficient quantities of all amino acids. Quinoa is high in fiber, manganese, phosphorus, folate and zinc and contains a variety of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.
Source: Sunrise Senior Living