Calciumis an important nutrient for kids as it’s vital for building strong and healthy bones and teeth and maintaining their strength later in life. It also plays a crucial role in the health and functioning of nerves and muscle tissue. While many foods contain calcium it can be difficult to make sure little fusspots get enough. In fact, it’s estimated that 70% of kids are not getting their daily recommended dietary intake of this bone‐building mineral.1 Because calcium is one nutrient kids simply cannot afford to miss, here are some easy tips to help work it into their daily diet:
- Make a bone‐building breakfast smoothie with calcium‐rich yoghurt, milk, berries and bananas.
- Create an omelette and add cheddar or mozzarella and spinach which is another great source of calcium.
- Make porridge with milk or a calcium‐fortified milk substitute such as soy, oat or almond milks.
- Give kids baked beans on wholemeal bread, another good source of calcium.
- Add a slice of cheddar or Swiss cheese to their sandwiches.
- Give them salmon patties. Make them simply by mixing with sweet potato, eggs, onion and parsley.
- Make mini quiches with ham and cheese, or spinach, cheese and pinenuts for a tasty source of calcium for kids.
- Dried figs are high in calcium2 and they’re sweet and delicious so add a few of these to your little one’s lunchbox. Dried apricots and currants are also good sources2.
- Enjoy hummus with crackers or veggie dippers. Chickpeas, the main ingredient in hummus, are another good source of calcium2 for kids.
- Try rice crackers with ricotta or a nut spread made from almonds, brazil nuts and cashews.
- Toss tofu into a stir‐fry or add to pasta for a good calcium boost.
- Make lasagna with at least two kinds of cheese or create spinach and ricotta cannelloni to bump up calcium intake.
- Sprinkle sesame seeds on top of veggies or stir‐fries as they are a surprising storehouse of calcium2.
- While broccoli makes many kids squirm, it’s rich in calcium2 and can be made a little more palatable by roasting with a little olive oil and sea salt or hiding in pasta sauce!
- Serve a calcium‐rich strawberry and yoghurt parfait.
- Make a creamy and comforting rice pudding for a night time calcium treat.
- For a calcium top‐up you could also consider Cenovis Kids Vita Chewies Calcium, delicious vanilla flavoured tablets with no artificial colours or flavours that kids will love.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.