RESIDENTS of a nursing home in Horwich had fun helping the house chef come up with a variety of smoothie recipes.
The Four Seasons St Catherine’s Care Home marked Nutrition and Hydration Week by inviting its residents to come up with wonderful ideas for new smoothies
And the blend of everything from peach melba to kiwi and mango in their smoothies, along with a peanut butter and banana blend that has been a treat.
Chef Wayne Woolman explained: “As we get older our bodies can have a harder time storing essential fats and sugars, so it’s really important to make sure we’re eating and drinking plenty of nutrients.
“Drinking smoothies is a great way to maintain a healthy weight and it’s fun to try different ingredients.
“It’s easy to fortify smoothies by adding energy-dense foods like custard, ice cream, powdered milk and honey to boost calories if needed.”
Some of the benefits also mean residents try new things, which can bring back fond memories, while socializing with others, which can improve comfort and stimulation, while gaining essential nutrition.
Residents also enjoy creating their own dishes as part of the weekly in-house cooking club activities where everything from curries to cakes to cocktails can be on the menu.
Resident Joyce Paine, 99, said: ‘I’ve really enjoyed trying all the different smoothies, they’re much more exciting than just eating a piece of fruit and make it easier to get my five smoothies a day.
“I thought the peanut butter and banana one sounded a bit odd, but it was definitely my favorite.”
Resident Nora Gilliver, 99, said: ‘I wouldn’t mind having smoothies more often.
“When I was younger, I had a blueberry bush in my garden.
“They are so good to you.
“I’m going to try a blueberry smoothie in the next one because I love them.”
You can see the residents’ smoothie recipes here.