Dig into Dairy
Milk products such as cheese and yoghurt are excellent sources of calcium. They also provide magnesium and phosphorous that help the body absorb calcium better. Children in the age group 3-5 years should drink full fat milk and dairy products. Add variety by giving your child yogurt in different flavors and adding chocolate to his daily cup of milk.
If your little tot isn’t a dairy lover, there are tons of delicious ways to aid his intake. Make porridge or oatmeal for breakfast and let him feast on pudding as a snack. You can even blend yoghurt into fruit smoothies and sprinkle cheese on an omelet or his favorite veggies.
Beyond the Milky Way
No matter how creative you get, there are days when your child will just be plain fussy. Opting for non-milk sources of calcium breaks monotony. Try feeding your child calcium fortified bread and cereals, orange juice, soy milk and tofu.
Dark green veggies like broccoli, peas and spinach as well as beans are great sources of calcium.
That’s just Nuts
Nuts, especially almonds are high in calcium. Don’t miss out on sunflower seeds and sesame seeds (or tahini)
The ever-important Vitamin D, without which the body cannot absorb calcium. One way to make sure your child gets enough Vitamin D is by sending him out to play in the sun. A few minutes of morning sun exposure works wonders. (only if safe, and preferably on their own or with a parent accompanying them to ensure they stay away from other children / adults in these trying times). Other sources of Vitamin D are milk, cereals, orange juice, cheese, eggs and yoghurt.
Image Source: Google