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The Villas provides flexible living options and a coordinated system of services and amenities, all with a focus on health and wellness

By THE VILLAS, a wellness and prevention focused resort-inspired apartment community in Manalapan, N.J., for seniors

The Villas senior-living community in Manalapan, N.J., a short commute from Staten Island, is spotlighting the importance of protein in your diet.

Orchestrated by Hackensack Meridian Health, the Villas provides flexible living options and a coordinated system of services and amenities, all with a focus on health and wellness, including such benefits as personalized health plans and individualized nutrition and fitness programs through an exciting new revolutionary concept called REVITEWELLNESS™.

Fulfilling the needs of its residents, the Villas offers a comprehensive array of health services spanning all levels of intensity and care, which are designed on an individual basis.


Protein is a macronutrient, meaning it is an essential nutrient for humans in relatively large amounts on a daily basis. The other macronutrients are fats and carbohydrates, together these three groups provide our bodies with energy.


Residents of the Villas enjoy the advantage of knowing their protein intake is governed, as they benefit from having an individualized nutrition plan with a clinical nutritionist.

Proteins are found in every living thing on earth and are in muscle, skin, hair, bones, and almost every other tissue in the human body. We need enough dietary protein for muscle function and development, tissue repair and growth, blood oxygenation, bone health, connective tissue strength, and basic cell function. 

All proteins are made up of amino acids, which are essentially the building blocks of life. They make up our DNA, RNA, neurotransmitters, hormones, and muscles. Since our bodies can’t make all of the amino acids needed, and it doesn’t store protein, we need to eat it daily. 

You can find protein in a variety of sources:

  • Animal protein

Animal proteins are considered to be complete proteins because they contain all the essential amino acids; these are the ones your body needs to get from food. Examples include meat, poultry, eggs, fish and shellfish.

  • Plant protein

These are considered to be “incomplete” because each source does not contain all of the essential amino acids. You can create “complete proteins” by combining different plant proteins (for example: rice and beans). High protein vegetables include dark leafy greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, asparagus. Other plant proteins include tofu and tempeh. 

  • Protein powder

These can be added to smoothies and other foods for additional protein. They can be helpful for athletes, elderly, or people with digestive issues. Protein powders can be made from animal protein (for example: whey) or plant protein (for example: hemp, pea, soy). 

  • Beans and legumes

These are a good source of both protein and carbohydrates, and they also contain some other important vitamins and minerals.

  • Dairy

Milk, yogurt, and cheese all contain protein. Try to consume organic and full-fat varieties. 

  • Nuts and seeds

These are sources of both protein and fat, as well as vitamins and minerals. 


In the United States, the recommended dietary allowance for healthy adults is 46 grams of protein per day for women and 56 grams of protein per day for men. The National Academy of Sciences recommends that protein should account for about 10 percent to 35 percent of calories per day.

Extra protein is required for pregnant or nursing women, athletes, active individuals, the elderly, and those suffering from or recovering from an illness. If you are concerned or curious about your protein needs or intake, talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian nutritionist. 

Make sure you’re getting adequate protein. Challenge yourself to eat a variety of protein, or a protein source you don’t normally eat. See how your body feels when you focus on proteins. 

About the Villas

The Villas is an upscale, world class resort-inspired apartment community offering a range of amenities and services sensitive to the lifestyle, health and daily needs of seniors. Orchestrated by Hackensack Meridian Health, the complex is uniquely focused on wellness and prevention – and ideal for singles and couples alike. The luxurious 100,000-square-foot community offers a unique arrangement of supervision and increased healthcare with onsite physician services. Embracing independent-living, assisted-living, skilled-nursing and memory-care needs on specialized floors, the Villas eliminates the need to relocate elsewhere due to health issues, allowing couples to remain together in a comforting, well-managed, posh environment. The Villas is located at 289 Gordons Corner Road, Manalapan, NJ 07726. For information, or to schedule a tour, the Villas may be reached at 732-847-3920, contacted via, and visited online at


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