I used to think that supplements were just an excuse to avoid good eating. That’s until I met my children. Some days they will eat anything I put in front of them. Other days they put up a fight. Yes, even at the Don’t Panic Mom dinner table. Big P has a line that goes a little like this, “but I can’t eat the vegetables.” Your kid might say the same thing about drinking her milk. Or maybe he indignantly says yogurt is too slimy.
There are foods that we serve constantly to children because they need certain nutrients for development. So when they push away their source of calcium – we panic! All you need is a little creativity and finding different ways to meet your child’s recommended calcium intake. Yikes. That sounds really clinical. But it’s good to know how much to aim for for developing strong bones. Tweens and teenagers need the most calcium for bone growth, and the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that they aren’t getting it.
What are some of the best sources of calcium?
- Most foods in the milk group: milk and dishes made with milk, such as puddings and soups.
- Cheeses: mozzarella, cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan, cottage cheese.
- Canned fish with soft bones, including sardines, anchovies, salmon.
- Dark-green leafy vegetables, such as kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, bok-choy.
- Tofu, if processed with calcium sulfate.
- Tortillas made from lime-processed corn.
- Calcium-fortified juice, bread, cereal.
- (List from the American Academy of Pediatrics)
Are you are having a tough time meeting your child’s calcium requirements through a traditional diet? Ask your child’s medical provider if a supplement is a good idea.
I first tried Adora Calcium Supplements at the Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference. At first glance I approved this product because they have a short ingredient list and only 30 calories a disk. I thought they would be chalky, but they are surprisingly smooth. I especially liked the taste of the dark chocolate disks. I also appreciated having a calcium supplement because I don’t have the best diet when I’m traveling. I happily areed to have my family try both the milk chocolate and dark chocolate disks. My kids loved them and for extra measure I had two sets of great-grandparents try them. They were almost unanimously accepted as yummy.
Do you need a little help meeting your toddler, tween, or teenager’s calcium requirements? Adora Calcium Supplements may be an ally while you help them learn to include calcium in their regular diet.
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Still want to know more about calcium? Check out these links!
Look at this list to see how different foods measure up in supplying calcium from the National Institutes of Health.
Have a teen or tween? Read this article called Calcium: The Bone Builder from the American Academy of Pediatrics.