Calcium Tips

My son doesn’t like milk.  He decided this at 2 and 1/2 years of age and pretty much weaned himself from bottle and milk.  Not that he was ever that attached to the bottle.  He does love broccoli, which I know has calcium in it, but our pediatrician says he would need 20 cups a day to get enough calcium.

Anyway, I’ve had to be really creative to make sure he gets what he needs for his growing bones.  This is a list of what works, but keep in mind most of the options are sugary:  

  • Calcium gummy bears (available at Costco – not your typical multivitamin which often does not have much calcium in it)
  • Cup of whole milk with a small scoop of ice cream in it – we call it a “Milkshake” and he LOVES it!
  • Dora/Diego yogurt drinks from Dannon
  • Dannon kids yogurt
  • Calcium fortified Gold Fish crackers!  really popular with my kid

Not as popular is:

  • Horizon Organic Chocolate Milk – too sweet!
  • Horizon Organic Yogurt in a packet – strange, gamey aftertaste
  • Mozzarella cheese sticks – he’ll eat them, but not at the rate I need him to
  • Calcium fortified Orange Juice – it’s such a rush of sugar, i don’t feel comfortable forcing him to sit down and drink 8 oz straight

Let me know if you have any other ideas!