STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – One of the many delightful perks enjoyed by residents of The Villas of Manalapan is healthful gourmet dining at the luxurious independent living and assisted-living senior community in Manalapan, N.J. It’s only fitting that food experts at the healthy-living community know the ins and outs of herbs in regard to their flavorful, as well as medicinal, uses.
Simply applied at times by chefs as a garnish, herbs are plants with aromatic properties. The word “herbs” refers to the leafy green or flowering parts of the plant, as “spices” relate to dried plants, specifically the seeds, bark, roots, and fruits of the plant.
Health professionals at the resort-like senior community close to Staten Island, N.Y., know herbs are a great addition to your cooking and meal-plan due to their nutritional benefits and flavors. Villas nutritionists note that individuals can generally cut back on added salt and sugar by incorporating herbs into their dishes.
Wellness professionals at The Villas of Manalapan suggest trying fresh or dried varieties of herbs to brighten your dishes.
IN THE KNOW
To get you better acquainted with herbs, the luxurious senior apartment community is sharing the following seven-question quiz featuring some interesting herbal facts, and followed by an answer key:
1) This herb is a leaf from a tree or shrub. Its botanical name is “Laurus Nobilis” and also known as Daphne and Lorbeer; it also is one of the “herbes de Provence”.
2) This herb is used in a calming tea. Some of the varieties are “common” and “corn.”
3) This herb is well known for its type “curly” and “flat.” It helps to freshen breath.
4) This herb has many cleansing properties and is one the most familiar smelling of the herbs.
5) This herb adds great flavor to lamb or potatoes. Spiritually, it is said to provide a good night’s sleep if a sprig is placed under your pillow.
6) The name of this herb means “royal.” It originates in India but is associated with Thai and Mediterranean cooking.
7) This herb is most associated with fish dishes and pickles. The name means “to lull,” named so because it was thought to have a sedative effect.
Situated on seven wooded acres in Manalapan, N.J., a short distance from Staten Island, N.Y., The Villas of Manalapan is a luxurious senior apartment community reflecting the ambiance and accommodations of a world-class resort. Offering a range of amenities and services sensitive to the lifestyle, health and daily needs of its residents, the complex – orchestrated by Hackensack Meridian Health – is uniquely focused on wellness and prevention, and ideal for singles and couples alike. The upscale 100,000-square-foot community offers a unique arrangement of supervision and increased healthcare with onsite physician services. Providing for independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care 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, the Villas may be reached at 732-847-3920, contacted via www.villashmh.com/contact, and visited online at www.villashmh.com.
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