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9 non-dairy options for calcium

Add white beans or soy beans

White beans and soy beans are a great source of calcium and fiber.

You can serve white beans or soy beans plain or in a dish like chili to give your child’s calcium intake a boost. Just a half cup of white beans contains 95 mg of calcium, and soy beans pack an even bigger punch in the same amount with 130 mg.

References

  1. National Institutes of Health. Calcium.
  2. University of Rochester. Non-dairy sources of calcium.
  3. University of New Hampshire. Non-dairy food sources of calcium.

Comments

  1. Most toddlers and preschoolers do a good job of meeting their calcium needs, but as they get older, especially in the 9-18 year range, calcium intake plummets! It’s good to “train” young children to eat these various calcium foods early on so they will continue to eat them later!

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  2. Great to know about these choices since my kids don’t drink a lot of milk.

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  3. My 4 year old has become extremely picky. However, orange juice is one thing that she will drink. This summer I have been freezing it and making orange popsicles. She loves it!

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