The Nutrition in Disguise (NID) project focuses on creating nutrient-dense recipes by adding healthy ingredients to common foods that older adults enjoy.
NiD is a training program and recipe box that can be used by menu planners and chefs working in long-term care. Findings from the NiD project identified micronutrient content can be enhanced through specific menu planning using key ingredients.
Long-Term Care (LTC) homes are places where people live for support with most or all of their activities, such as eating and getting around, and access to daily 24-hour nursing, personal care and other services. People who live in LTC tend to be aged 75 or older.
Did You Know?
- As we age, we generally need fewer calories than we did when we were younger, but we still need the same amount of nutrients.
- Most older adults are not consuming enough key nutrients to stay healthy.
- The best way to get the nutrients our bodies need is through the foods that we eat. It is important to choose foods that are rich in nutrients (i.e. nutrient-dense).
- Eating a nutrient-dense diet helps older adults stay healthy and independent.
Nutrition in Disguise Webinar | June 16, 2020
The release of the NiD recipes has been delayed. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, check out the original recipes from the RIA.
CHOICE+ is an innovative program that enhances the mealtime experience for residents in long-term care. It focuses on nurturing relationships and creating comfortable dining environments.
NiD Cooking Competition
On Saturday, March 7, students from Conestoga College’s School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts competed to create nutritionally rich recipes using key ingredients to help fight malnutrition in long-term care homes. Most older adults don’t eat enough nutrients to stay healthy. The NiD project focuses on creating nutrient-dense recipes by adding healthy ingredients to common foods that older adults enjoy: think lentils in brownies, or wheat germ in apple muffins.
Nutrition in Disguise was first developed by the Schlegel-UW Research Insitute for Aging through the work of Heather Keller, PhD, RD,(Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition and Aging, University of Waterloo/Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging)