Tasting session of healthy bites held at home

Residents at Icknield Court enjoyed a tasting session of healthy finger foods to mark World Nutrition Day.

Care home residents had a tasting session of healthy finger foods and smoothies to mark World Health Day.

Development chef Jude Watts, of the Fremantle Trust, gave residents at Icknield Court an overview of the benefits of vitamins and minerals throughout his talk, and explained why certain foods are made available in care homes. He also covered what can be used to fortify foods and drinks to boost intake of calories and protein.

Watts says: “People often misconstrue why we have certain foods available within care homes and I felt it was important to share this information with our residents. Pineapple, for instance, contains an enzyme called Bromelain, which helps with good oral health hygiene as well as having a high water content, helping with hydration. It’s harder for older people to stay hydrated, so having foods like pineapple readily available is hugely beneficial within care homes.”

After the talk, residents and visitors at Icknield Court partook in a tasting session of the food, including cucumber bites with pâté and cream cheese, fruity flapjacks, fruit smoothies and overnight oats fortified with cream. 

When asked on whether she enjoyed the food, resident Edith said: “Yes I did, but I always prefer a plate of fish and chips!”

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