A baby’s bones grow at a fast pace during early years of childhood and calcium is responsible for proper development of the bones. As per the pediatricians- a toddler needs 500-700 mg per day calcium. Thus, a good intake of calcium given during childhood translates into strong and healthy bones in later life.
As we know dairy products are a rich source of calcium but you cannot rely on them alone for meeting dietary requirements. Fret not; here are 5 surprising sources of calcium that can be included in your child’s diet.
- White Soya Beans- Other than dairy products, soya beans is one great source of calcium especially for vegan babies. Besides being rich in calcium, soya beans are an excellent source of protein and iron. One cup of soy milk is equivalent to more than 60 mg calcium. Another good thing is, you can also make soy milk at home by cooking whole soy beans in water then straining the beans with a muslin cloth. With straining, you can separate the milk from fiber.
- Salmon Fish- If your child likes eggs and fish then feeding him/her with salmon fish is good idea. Salmon fish provides 232 mg calcium and is also a rich source of vitamin B12, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin D. Moreover, it also offers healthy amount of protein and phosphorous.
- Almonds– Almonds offer an excellent amount of calcium around 264 mg per 100gm. Give your child 7/8 almond nuts in a day and it is super healthy. You can soak them in water overnight and give the same to your child. They are also known to develop immunity and fight inflammation.
- Sesame Seeds- Sesame seeds are another great source of calcium and also known to fight inflammation and lower blood pressure. One tablespoon of sesame seeds contains 88 mg of calcium thus an easy way to get calcium in one’s diet.
- Tofu- Apart from regular cottage cheese, tofu is an excellent source of calcium. Half cup of tofu provides 861 mg calcium and it is also protein-rich. If you are looking for a low-fat alternative to dairy products than tofu is a good source.