As the chefs at Watercrest introduce fall flavors into our culinary creations, take time to carve out a special place on your plate for the seasonal tastes of pumpkin. The golden colors and sweet flavors of pumpkin are a wonderful addition to autumn dishes. Not only does pumpkin appeal to the palate, it also serves as an impressive health benefit.
That vibrant orange color tells us something about pumpkin’s health properties. It’s an excellent source of the powerful antioxidant beta carotene. Our bodies translate beta carotene into Vitamin A, which is thought to protect us from certain cancers and other diseases. Vitamin A is also key for keeping your eyesight keen. The same free-radical-neutralizing powers of the carotenoids in pumpkin may keep cancer cells at bay can also help keep the skin wrinkle-free, according to Health magazine.
Pumpkins are also a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. The seeds are packed with fiber and protein and provide an excellent source of zinc, magnesium, manganese, iron, and mono-unsaturated fat. Delight your palate even further with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, sage and cummin which contain lots of polyphenols — compounds that offer numerous benefits for memory and brain health. Spices such as these have the ability to eat away at brain plaque and reduce inflammation to prevent cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s.
Sheila comes to Watercrest with over 30 years of culinary and hospitality experience. She has worked in acute care hospitals, long term care rehabilitation units, restaurants, with most of her career spent in senior living communities. She has also owned a successful catering business. Her passion is to humbly serve all customers with superior service, while exceeding their expectations. She is always seeking ways to step things up a notch, whether it be in the foods prepared, new cooking techniques, or innovative serving options as AI. She believes in collaborative teamwork with input from all, being supportive and being a mentor. She believes everyone, no matter what they do, are vital to the organization and strongly believes if we take great care of our associates, they in turn will take exceptional care of our residents, and guests.Meet our Chefs