Our residents at Bartley’s Assisted Living look forward to our Food Service Manager doing a monthly Food Demo. We have recently made homemade ice cream with our residents at Bartley. Ice Cream is enjoyed by everyone from the youngest to the oldest members of our community. Try incorporating fresh fruits such as ripe peaches or strawberries when making ice cream. Delicious!

We also made fruit smoothies with luscious fresh fruit in season. You can add fat-free vanilla yogurt and a touch of honey to make a healthy refreshing dessert alternative. At Bartley, we transition from winter to summer with more fresh fruits on our menu such as watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe and honeydew melons. Our residents enjoy the change in menu and look forward to vine-ripened fruits. Try grilling fruits like pineapple slices, peaches or nectarines. The natural sugars caramelize with the heat and give them a great flavor. Fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber and they are low in calories.

With the temperature rising it is important to make this summer your healthiest ever. Here are some helpful tips for staying safe with the rising temperatures:

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration.
  • Limit beverages that can cause dehydration such as alcohol, coffee, tea, and soda.
  • Remember to replenish fluids that were lost in perspiration especially following strenuous exercise.
  • Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. Most fruits are naturally low in fat, low in sodium and low in calories and none have cholesterol.
  • Eat at least 5 cups of fruits and vegetables per day as they contain various levels of water, potassium, and fiber.
  • Choose lean meats when grilling such as chicken and ground turkey. For added flavor marinate the meat overnight. However, do not use the same marinade on cooked meats.
  • When taking foods off the grill, be careful not to put cooked food items back on the same plate that held the raw food items unless it has been washed in hot soapy water first.