It was a busy week at Vintage Hills. Several ladies created canvas masterpieces! Each painter chose a different picture to paint. We also held a super foods taste testing. Residents tried quinoa, sprouted grains and red lentils.
Sprouted grains are “seeds” that have partially started the growth process. This deactivation of anti-growth enzymes leads to greater availability of vitamin C, foliate and minerals like iron. It also reduces carbohydrates and increases the protein in the grain. The grains have lower levels of gluten and up to three times the amount of soluble fiber found in non-sprouted grains.
Red Lentils are high in protein, dense with B vitamins and a great source of iron.
Quinoa is considered a super food because it is high in protein and contains all nine of the essential amino acids. It is gluten free and a wonderful source of fiber. Quinoa is high in antioxidants and B-vitamins, calcium and magnesium. These antioxidants have been shown to prevent cancer. Due to the high fiber and protein content, it can assist in weight loss as it increases the feeling of fullness after a meal.
The favorite among our residents was the sprouted grains. Chef Eli will now work to incorporate more sprouted grains and other super foods into our menus.