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The Best Osteoporosis Recipes Have One Important Thing In Common

The best osteoporosis recipes will include lots of leafy greens, tofu, beans and legumes. But they all have one important thing in common... they must be absolutely delicious!

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Of course, calcium is not the only issue when preventing osteoporosis. Dark leafy greens full of vitamin K are needed to push the calcium into our bones and tofu and beans (full of magnesium) help us to develop high bone quality.

An alkaline diet that is filled with fruits and vegetables and low in meat and carbohydrates is best for osteoporosis prevention.

If you're serious about using foods as part of your treatment program, you must have Cooking Well For Osteoporosis by Marie-Annick Courtier in your library. It has over 70 easy recipes for building string bones.

To calculate the vitamin and mineral content of each recipe, visit Osteoporosis Diet. And if you would like to share your own yummy recipes or some great cooking tips, visit our Osteoporosis Recipes Exchange.

We are very grateful to Darlene Varaleau for offering some of her favorite osteoporosis recipes here and providing first-person comments on them!

Best Snack Ever

Are you ready for the best snack ever? This one is an all-time favorite. It's nutritious and inexpensive. And you can feel so good about eating it.

Kale Chips

  • bunch of kale
  • olive oil
  • salt, pepper and spices

Wash and dry the kale; remove the thick stems and tear the leaves into small pieces. Drizzle the dry kale with olive oil and sprinkle it with salt and seasonings of choice.

Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees (175 degrees C) until edges are brown but not burnt. Devour! ...and then make some more.

Yummy Irresistible Soups

Soups are easy to make and filled with nutrition. Do you think of them more suited to fall and winter? Think again! They're great anytime, and some especially when you're in a hurry, like this first one.

Super Fast Super Soup

  • 1 package of instant noodles (Thai noodles are my favorite.)
  • 1 cup collard, kale or rapini
  • 1/2 cup firm tofu

Put the leafy greens into the cold water and add the noodles, tofu and spices after the water begins to boil. You will have a great tasting soup with a complete balance of calcium, magnesium and vitamin K in five minutes!

Collard And Bean Soup

  • 3-5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onions/shallots
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4-5 stalks of chopped celery
  • 2 medium sized chopped carrots
  • 3 cups cooked white beans
  • 2 tsp salt or 3-4 slices salt pork
  • 10 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 lb collard greens (torn and bitter stem removed)
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper

Heat Oil in soup pot; Add onion, bay leaf, celery, carrots, garlic and salt or salt pork. Cook over low heat for about 10 minutes, then add stock or water. Cover, bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer for about 20 minutes.

Add beans and as much of the collard greens as you can fit, cover and wait a few minutes for the greens to cook down. Keep adding greens in batches, waiting between additions for them to cook down, which they eventually will.

Add black pepper to taste and serve hot with dark Pumpernickel bread.

Country Lentil Soup

This soup is great for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. And it's all easy on the budget. For small families, be sure to freeze the leftovers for a quick, nutritious meal.

Enjoy it with some crusty whole grain bread and fruit for dessert and you've hot a rib-hugging meal. Makes 6-8 servings.

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 4 cups low-sodium veggie or chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups red lentils,rinsed
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 can (14 oz/398 ml) diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup soy beverage
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • fresh parsley sprigs, optional

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat; add onion, garlic, carrots and celery and sauté until soft, about 8 -10 minutes.

Add broth, water, lentils, and thyme to saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.

Stir in tomatoes and simmer another 30 minutes. Stir in vinegar and brown sugar and heat another 5 minutes. Add soy beverage and heat, but do not boil.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls and serve garnished with sprigs of fresh parsley, if desired.

Soup Tips

Soup Bones. Crack the bones as much as possible to expose the bone matter to the water. Add a little acid to the water (lemon juice, apple cider vinegar) to help in the process of extracting the minerals.

Barley in Soups. Use sprouted barley, which has more nutrients than pearled barley. Add for last 10-15 minutes only.

Dulse (seaweed). Cook the dulse (seaweed) with bones or beans to get additional calcium and magnesium.

Superlative Side Dishes

These side dishes will enhance your main course with their colors, textures and taste, and of course with their nutritive value.

Collard Greens And Beans

Using canned beans also makes this recipe quick and easy. Enjoy!

  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1-1/2 lbs collard greens
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 15 oz can pinto beans, drained
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Remove stems from collards, rinse and chop. Chop onion and garlic and saute in olive oil. Add 1/2 cup vegetable stock, tomatoes, and pinto beans to the onions and garlic mixture and bring to a boil.

Add collard greens and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and add lemon juice. Serves 4.

Delicious Rapini

Rapini is a favorite in the Mediteranean and well worth exploring. Here is a very basic recipe that goes well with light meat and with bean dishes.

  • 1 bunch rapini
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
  • 4 tbsp olive oil

Place rapini in a pot and add tumeric and salt. Cover with water and cook until the stalks are crisp tender-about 5 minutes. Drain.

In a medium hot frying pan, heat olive oil and garlic until fragrant. Add drained rapini and saute slightly until the stalks get browned and the rapini flowers are slightly crispy and browned. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Incomparable Casseroles

Casseroles are a bit like soups. They're so easy to dish out and eat. They remind us so much of the home-cooking we had as kids.

Seafood Divine

This casserole is easy to make and will be a great hit with seafood lovers. It is best served with a green salad that includes dandelion leaves or beet greens.

If you serve it in six individual baking dishes, it will provide 331 mg of calcium and 103 mg of magnesium.

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups sliced portabello mushrooms
  • 1/2 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1-1/4 lbs (550g) fresh or frozen large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 1-1/4 lbs (550) fresh or frozen scallops
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves, crushed
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups sourdough or baguette bread (coursely torn)

Cook mushrooms and onion in 1tbl. butter until tender. Add shrimp, scallops, wine and thyme; bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of broth and set seafood aside.

Melt 2 tbsp butter and blend in flour, gradually stirring in reserved broth and milk. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture boils and thickens. Fold in cooked seafood and add salt and pepper to taste.

Melt remaining 1 tbsp of butter and toss with torn bread and sharp cheddar.

Spoon seafood mixture into 6 baking dishes and sprinkle with cheese and bread mixture. Broil until topping is toasted.

Green And Yummy Casserole

This recipe offers such an easy and tasty way to ge the greens your body needs.

  • 1-1/2 pounds greens, washed and trimmed (kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, collard greens, or mixed)
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth, divided
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese (whole milk or part skim)
  • 3 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
  • 2 ounces Mozzarella cheese, shredded, about 1/2 cup

Butter a 1-1/2-quart baking dish or casserole; preheat the oven to 375°. Cut out and discard the tough stems; if using kale or collards, cut out thick center ribs. Rinse all the greens and shake off any excess water, chop them into 1/2-inch pieces.

In a large skillet, cook the greens over low heat, adding them by handfuls and stirring them down as they wilt. Add 1/2 cup of chicken broth, then cover the skillet; braise for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender.

Pour off any liquid left in the skillet, then season the greens with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Heat the remaining 1 cup of broth and half-and-half in a saucepan, just until bubbles form around the edge of the pan.

In the large skillet, melt the butter over low heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for one minute. Add the hot broth mixture all at once and stir over medium heat until the sauce is smooth and thickened.

Whisk in the grated parmesan and ricotta cheeses. Stir the greens into the cheese sauce and pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

Sprinkle with the bread crumbs and then sprinkle the grated mozzarella over the top; bake for 20 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling and the mozzarella is melted and lightly browned. Serve immediately. Makes 6 servings.

Healthy Vegetable And Fruit Smoothies

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In addition to containing highly absorbable calcium with vitamin K, green juices are rich in chlorophyll, which helps to purify the blood, build red blood cells, detoxify and heal the body, and provide the body with fast energy.

Because some dark leafy greens can be bitter, a blend of 60% fruit and 40% vegetables is recommended. Experiment with different mixtures.

Juicers don't have to be expensive. Consumer Reports recommends the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro Juicer which costs less than $80.

The juices listed below should be made fresh in your kitchen and consumed immediately. Freshly made juices can lose some of their nutrients by being allowed to sit for long periods of time.

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Many prefer to use a good blender rather than a juicer because it provides lots of great fiber and is a lot easier to clean. The most recommended brand for blending vegetables into a drinkable state is Vitamix, which is one of the more expensive brands.

It is also noisy and a lot of people buy a sound barrier for it because the roar can last 5-10 minutes before the vegetables are drinkable.

The Vitamix CIA Professional is a powerful kitchen appliance that its owners absolutely love. It's a high-quality machine of commercial/industrial strength that you can use to pulverize just about anything. Its recipe book includes milling grains to make bread flour.

Thoroughly wash all ingredients. Skin carrots if not organically grown. Cut the ingredients into pieces small enough, if needed, to fit into the blender/juicer.

Blend together and pour into glasses. Drink immediately.

KaleUmba!

  • 3 kale leaves
  • Small handful parsley
  • 4-5 carrots, greens removed
  • 1/2 apple, seeded

Rainbow Kale

  • 1 or 2 kale leaves
  • celery stalks
  • a few sprigs of parsley
  • 3 or 4 carrots
  • 1 apple

Berry Yummy

  • 1-cup milk or fortified soy beverage
  • 3/4 cup yogurt, any flavour
  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 1 banana

Pear-Kale-Mint

  • 4 ripe pears
  • 4-5 leaves of kale
  • 1/2 bunch of mint
  • water

Apple-Kale-Lemon

  • 4 apples
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 4-5 leaves of kale
  • water

Pear-Raspberry-Kale

  • 3 Bosc pears
  • 1 handful of raspberries
  • 4-5 leaves of kale
  • water

Some Gin With Your Stewed Prunes?

And for a fruity treat that is not a drink... a serving of prunes (dried-out plums) will provide all the boron we need to support bone health. My favorite is stewed prunes which I smother with kefir... a yummy dairy product that is similar to yogurt.

  • 1 lb. pitted prunes
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • touch of cinnamon and sugar

Soak the prunes in the refrigerator for 24 hours and then add the orange juice, cinnamon and sugar. Bring to boil, reduce the heat and let simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.

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In Dr. Oz's program on arthritis, he came up with the best solution for arthritis pain... gin and raisins! So why not treat our osteoporosis and arthritis at the same time???!

Soak the raisins in gin until the gin has evaporated. (Fat chance... I am sealing the jar.) And he suggested eating no more than nine a day.

I figure that if we add these gin inebriated raisins to our prunes and cover them with kefir, we will have the perfect osteoporosis treatment with the additional boron, calcium and loss of stress.

Dealing with osteoporosis is becoming more fun every minute! At the same time it's doing a lot of good nutritionally in combination with books like The Whole-Food Guide To Strong Bones by Anne-Marie Colbin, Ph.D.

More great recipes can be found at the Fat Free Vegan Kitchen.

Are there other osteoporosis recipes you would like to see here? If so, contact us. Thanks in advance for your contribution!