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9 non-dairy options for calcium

Another reason to eat your greens

Leafy greens are packed with health benefits, including calcium.

Leafy green vegetables, like mustard greens, kale, Swiss chard, broccoli, bok choy, and collard greens are some healthy options that can help your child increase his or her calcium intake. Although these might seem like difficult options for picky eaters, a cup of cooked spinach, with 245 mg of calcium, nearly fills the recommended daily allowance of 260 mg for children 7 to 12 months old!

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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