10 Easy Ways to Include Calcium in Your Child's Diet

Calcium is important to your child's health. Since bones grow during the childhood and teenage years, these are especially important times to give them the calcium they need. By eating and drinking calcium-rich foods and beverages, kids can build their "bone banks" to store calcium and help keep bones strong for years to come. Below are some easy ways to increase the amount of calcium in your child's diet:

 

  1. Serve cold or hot cereal with milk at breakfast. You can use milk in place of water when preparing hot cereals. A bowl of cereal makes a great after-school snack, too!
  2. Enroll your child in the milk program at school. Keep grab n' go milk bottles handy for lunch boxes or when your child is on the run.
  3. Offer yogurt or pudding for a dessert or snack.
  4. For a finicky eater, try chocolate or strawberry flavoured milk.
  5. Make "smoothies" using yogurt, fruit, milk and ice.
  6. Add a slice of cheese to sandwiches.
  7. Top salads, soups and tacos with reduced fat shredded cheese.
  8. Serve green veggies such as broccoli and spinach, which can contribute to calcium intake while providing other important nutrients.
  9. Send a small container of toasted almonds for a snack.
  10. Set a good example! Let your kids see how important you think calcium is to your health. Kids make many food choices by watching their parents.
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