Calcium ensures a lifetime of optimum health (and good eating).
Everyone knows that calcium builds strong bones and teeth in children, and that milk is rich in calcium. But did you know that adults need almost as much calcium each day as kids, and that lots of delicious foods—not just milk—are rich in calcium?
Daily calcium recommendations are nearly the same for a 51-year-old and a 14-year-old. By the time a woman is 70, she will actually need more calcium than at any other time in her life.
Milk and dairy products supply loads of calcium. But this important nutrient is also hiding in kale and turnip greens, oranges, soy milk, edamame, almonds and sunflower seeds.
Combined with plenty of exercise, calcium, however you choose to get it, ensures a lifetime of optimum health (and good eating). Get your entire family on a calcium kick with the following recipes.
For a great dose of vitamin C, serve your kids these little yogurt and fruit parfaits topped with crunchy homemade granola.
Eggs are cooked in the oven in a bed of savory spinach in this recipe perfect for brunch of dinner.
Assemble this savory strata or bread pudding the night before and pop it in the oven in the morning.
For breakfast or for a snack, this smoothie is low-fat and delicious.
Make a flavorful stock with economical chicken quarters, then put together this soup with rice, milk and cheese.
Make extra brown rice to use in this creamy dish that’s equally good for breakfast and dessert.