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9 non-dairy options for calcium

Protein and calcium

Canned salmon and sardines pack protein and calcium.

Relatively inexpensive and protein-packed options for calcium are canned salmon (with bones) and sardines, which have 180 mg of calcium in a 3-ounce serving. You could combine a few of your favorite flavors to whip up crispy salmon cakes, add these options to a salad, or just serve these proteins plain — either way your child will be satisfied and healthy after a meal with these items.

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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