Fighting Brittle Bones In Old Age

Sunrise Senior Living  |  May 7, 2012

As you age, it's important to keep your body as healthy as possible. Bone density is a problem plaguing many seniors today, but it's possible for individuals to get the proper nutrients and ensure that diseases such as osteoporosis stay at bay.

The National Institutes of Health's Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center reports calcium and vitamin D are key for strong bones. People over the age of 70 should get between 1,000 and 1,200 milligrams of calcium per day. The source points to milk as one way to make sure you're getting the amounts of calcium and vitamin D you need. Of course, this doesn't mean just drinking multiple glasses of milk, a number of recipes include large portions of the beverage, such as the No Peek Chicken from Sunrise of Playa Vista, California.

No Peek Chicken

Sunrise of Playa Vista, California
Serves 4

4 chicken thighs, boneless
1/4 c. onion, diced small
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 c. milk
1 T. butter
8 oz. can cream of mushroom soup
1 beef bouillon cube
1 bay leaf
1 t. ground pepper

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 baking dish.

In a large nonstick skillet, brown both sides of the chicken over high heat, about 2-3 minutes per side, making sure to pat chicken dry first.

Add the chicken to the dish and reduce the heat of the skillet to medium. Add onions and garlic to the skillet and sauté 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.

Pour onions and garlic over the chicken. Add bay leaves and pepper to the dish as well. In a mixing bowl, combine the milk, soup and crushed bouillon cube.

Mix well and pour over chicken.

Cover dish tightly with aluminum foil. Bake in the oven for one hour without opening. Serve over white rice.