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Top 5 Healthy Aging Recipes That Are High in Calcium and Vitamin D

Top 5 Healthy Aging Recipes That Are High in Calcium and Vitamin D

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Healthy Aging Recipes That Are High in Calcium and Vitamin D

Certain nutrients, like calcium and vitamin D, are very important for healthy aging. These two important nutrients are very important for your health, especially as you get older.

Calcium is an important mineral for building and keeping bones strong. This lowers the risk of osteoporosis, a disease that weakens bones and makes them more likely to break. Vitamin D, on the other hand, helps your body absorb and use calcium, so you can get the most out of this important mineral.

Eating foods that are high in calcium and vitamin D can help keep your bones healthy, your muscles working well, and your overall health in good shape. 

Choosing a healthy diet that includes these important nutrients can help you age gracefully and live an active, satisfying life.

Calcium and Vitamin D-rich Foods

Calcium and Vitamin D-rich Foods

Eating a variety of nutrient-dense foods is important to make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D. Here are some excellent sources to get these important nutrients:

Calcium-rich foods:

  • Dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese)
  • Leafy green vegetables (spinach, kale, collard greens)
  • Tofu and soy products
  • Sardines and canned salmon (with bones)
  • Fortified plant-based milk alternatives (e.g., almond milk, soy milk)

Vitamin D-rich foods:

  • Fatty fish (salmon, tuna, and mackerel)
  • Egg yolks
  • Mushrooms (especially those exposed to UV light)
  • Fortified foods (milk, cereal, orange juice)

It is important to remember that even though food sources provide essential nutrients, some people may need to take calcium and vitamin D supplements to meet their daily needs, especially as they get older. Consult a medical professional to see if supplements are right for you.

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Recipes That Are High in Calcium and Vitamin D

Calcium and vitamin D are important for preventing osteoporosis and staying healthy as you age. This doesn’t have to mean bland meals! 

Learn how to enjoy both calcium-rich foods like yogurt and vitamin D-rich foods like fatty fish and foods that have been fortified with vitamin D while still making your taste buds happy.

Here are some of favorite recipes that are high in calcium and vitamin D:

1. Baked salmon with lemon and herbs

Recipes That Are High in Calcium and Vitamin D - Baked salmon with lemon and herbs

Salmon is an excellent source of vitamin D, and when paired with fresh herbs and lemon, it becomes a flavor-packed dish that will tantalize your taste buds while providing essential nutrients for healthy aging.

Ingredients:

  • 4 salmon fillets (6-8 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh dill, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cheese Option: (1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese OR 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, dill, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  4. Place the salmon fillets on the prepared baking sheet and brush them generously with the lemon-herb mixture.
  5. Cheese Addition: Choose one of the following options: (Parmesan: Sprinkle the salmon fillets with 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese.) (Goat Cheese: Dot the top of each salmon fillet with crumbled goat cheese.)
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the salmon is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.
  7. Serve hot, garnished with additional fresh herbs if desired.

Salmon boasts a good amount of vitamin D, which is essential for bone health and immune function. Crumbled cheese like parmesan or goat cheese sprinkled on top before baking adds a delightful calcium and flavor boost. 

Alternatively, you can serve the salmon on a bed of cannellini beans for a hearty and calcium-packed base. Rounding out the meal with a side of sauteed kale or spinach provides another excellent source of calcium. 

With these simple additions, your baked salmon with lemon and herbs transforms into a calcium powerhouse alongside its existing vitamin D benefits.

2. Spinach and feta stuffed chicken breast

Spinach and feta stuffed chicken breast

Combine the calcium-rich goodness of spinach and feta cheese with lean protein in this delightful and nutritious stuffed chicken breast recipe. It’s a perfect meal for those seeking a balanced and flavorful dish.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a skillet, sauté the garlic in olive oil over medium heat for 1 minute.
  3. Add the chopped spinach and cook until wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the feta cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut a pocket into the thickest part of each chicken breast.
  6. Stuff each chicken breast with the spinach and feta mixture, ensuring it’s evenly distributed.
  7. Place the stuffed chicken breasts in a baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  8. Serve hot, garnished with fresh herbs or a squeeze of lemon juice if desired.

Spinach and feta stuffed chicken breast gets its calcium and vitamin D content from Feta cheese and spinach. Feta is a brined cheese made from sheep’s milk or a combination of sheep and goat’s milk. It’s a good source of calcium, contributing a significant portion to the dish’s overall calcium content.

While Spinach is not as rich in calcium as feta, it does contain some calcium. Additionally, spinach is a good source of vitamin D, although not as significant as some other sources.

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3. Broccoli and cheese quinoa casserole

Broccoli and cheese quinoa casserole

Quinoa is a nutrient-dense grain that pairs beautifully with calcium-rich broccoli and cheese in this comforting and wholesome casserole dish. It’s a perfect option for those seeking a meatless meal that doesn’t compromise on flavor or nutrition.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups of low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 4 cups of broccoli florets
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a saucepan, bring the vegetable broth to a boil. Add the quinoa, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the quinoa is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.
  3. In a skillet, sauté the garlic in olive oil over medium heat for 1 minute.
  4. Add the broccoli florets and sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until slightly tender.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, sautéed broccoli, cheddar cheese, and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a greased baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  7. Serve hot, garnished with additional Parmesan cheese if desired.

The calcium in this dish comes from the cheese, while the vitamin D comes from the broccoli and the quinoa. Broccoli is a good source of vitamin D, and quinoa is a good source of calcium. In addition to calcium and vitamin D, broccoli and cheese quinoa casserole is also a good source of protein, fiber, and other nutrients.

4. Berry Crunch Parfait

Berry Crunch Parfait

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (2% or higher fat content for extra creaminess)
  • 1/2 cup fortified milk (choose a brand with added vitamin D)
  • 1/4 cup granola (homemade or store-bought with vitamin D fortified oats)
  • 1/2 cup mandarin oranges (segments or chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt and fortified milk until smooth and creamy.
  2. In a separate bowl or parfait glass, layer the granola followed by the yogurt mixture.
  3. Top with a generous amount of mandarin oranges and sliced almonds.
  4. Drizzle with honey for a touch of sweetness (optional).

This recipe incorporates calcium-rich Greek yogurt and adds vitamin D through fortified milk. When you use vitamin D fortified granola, you can get an extra boost of this important nutrient.

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5. Chicken Caesar Salad with a Vitamin D Twist

Chicken Caesar Salad with a Vitamin D Twist

Another healthy aging recipe rich in calcium and vitamin D is Chicken Caesar Salad with a Vitamin D Twist. This classic salad is easily customizable and offers a delightful combination of flavors and textures.

Ingredients:

For the Salad:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cooked and sliced)
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 boiled egg, sliced

For the Caesar Dressing (with Vitamin D boost):

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (for extra calcium and creaminess)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 anchovy fillet (optional, for a stronger flavor)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Vitamin D Boost:
    • 2 tablespoons store-bought Caesar salad dressing fortified with Vitamin D (OR)
    • 1 raw egg yolk (use with caution, following safe handling practices)

Instructions:

  1. Cook the Chicken: You can grill, bake, or pan-fry the chicken breasts to your preference. Once cooked, slice them into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Prepare the Vegetables: Wash and halve the cherry tomatoes. Chop the romaine lettuce into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Boil the Egg: Place an egg in a pot of cold water and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, cook for 10 minutes for a hard-boiled egg. Remove from heat, transfer to an ice bath for a few minutes, then peel and slice.
  4. Make the Caesar Dressing:
    • In a blender or food processor, combine the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, anchovy (if using), garlic, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and oregano. Blend until smooth.
    • Season with black pepper to taste.
    • Add 2 tablespoons of store-bought Caesar salad dressing fortified with Vitamin D to the blender.
  5. Assemble the Salad: In a large bowl, combine the chopped romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, sliced chicken, and grated Parmesan cheese.
  6. Drizzle the Caesar dressing over the salad and toss to coat everything evenly.
  7. Top the salad with the sliced boiled egg and serve immediately.

This recipe is a twist on the classic Caesar salad because it uses Greek yogurt for extra calcium and lets you add vitamin D through fortified dressing. Enjoy this tasty and healthy salad!

Closing Thoughts

Getting enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet is important for keeping your bones strong and your health in general, especially as you get older. This does not mean giving up taste or variety! 

These healthy aging recipes show you how easy and tasty it can be to get your daily dose of calcium and vitamin D. From breakfast parfaits to classic dishes with a healthy twist, there’s something for everyone.

So, explore these recipes, discover new favorites, and enjoy the journey towards healthy aging, one delicious bite at a time!

About me

Schellea Fowler, the visionary founder of Fabulous50s, brings over three decades of small business leadership and expertise to her legacy. Not only has she excelled personally, but she has also become a mentor, generously sharing her wealth of experience with emerging entrepreneurs. After retiring at 50 in 2016, Schellea’s commitment to continuous growth led her to pursue additional qualifications. A qualified fitness instructor, she is presently continuing her master trainer program, specializing in exercise for older adults. Through Fabulous50s, Schellea remains devoted to her vision of empowering and inspiring women to embrace and celebrate their current stage of life. Her additional qualifications include: Neuro Athletics Coaching Certificate (NACC) from Neuro Athletics, Meditation Teacher Training from Yoga Coach, Fashion Styling from the Australian Style Institute, and Advanced Personal Colour Analysis from AOPI.
Above all, Schellea’s mission is simple yet profound: to support women in embracing the aging process with confidence and grace.

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