Now in its fourth year, Whitfield Clinic has introduced its food, health and wellness initiative, ENRICH, to run in tandem with RTE’s ‘Operation Transformation’.
With an emphasis on nutritionally balanced meals for patients, staff and visitors the Whitfield catering team has devised a series of low calorie, healthy and flavorsome meal options.
The meals, developed by Whitfield Clinic’s Head Chef, Romain Bierry, along with nutritionist Niamh Orbinski, have similar nutritional profiles as those featured on Operation Transformation.
According to Romain, the meal options are proving a hit with patients and staff. “Here at Whitfield the emphasis is on providing optimum nutrition without compromising on flavour, for those with or recovering from illness. The meals are prepared fresh each day using quality, locally sourced produce.”
Many patients who are recovering from illness, suffer a loss of appetite, thus depleting their nutrient intake and leading to weight loss. “We have formulated the meal options for patients to ensure that they get the right nutrients to speed up recovery, but not concede on taste.”
Whitfield’s team of chefs, nutritionists and local suppliers work together in serving up the Operation Transformation meal options. Every day the kitchen team creates each meal from scratch to ensure that customers enjoy higher quality food with more taste. They have a number of healthy options available which are suitable for a diverse range of palates, including any dietary requirements that patient’s might have. The meals are nutritionally analysed to ensure the nutrient profile is suitable for patients.
Alan O’Connor, Whitfield’s Catering Manager, said there’s a big demand for the healthy options from the staff. “Throughout the year we prepare nutritious meals for staff. It’s a busy environment to work in and not only do the staff need the right fuel to keep up with the demands of working in such a fast-paced healthcare environment, they want choice and flavour too. That’s why the Operation Transformation options are perfect to tick all the boxes of taste, nutrition and choice.”
Some of the exciting nutritious dishes developed include Spicy Chicken Casserole, Baked Fillet of Hake with Basil & Mozzarella Crust, Stir Fried Pork with Ginger & Egg Noodles, Malaysian Beef & Lime and Spanish Style Haddock with Chorizo. Also on offer is a range of vegetarian and salad options including Butternut Squash, Goat’s Cheese & Spinach Gratin and Turmeric scented Quiona Salad. The recipes are also available from the Atrium Café so anyone can get a copy and have their very own Operation Transformation meal options at home.
If you would like to learn more about Whitfield Clinic’s health food options, offer some suggestions, or if you just want to see what’s on the menu, contact Whitfield Catering department at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out www.enrich.ksg.ie for more healthy food and lifestyle tips.