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9 Ways to Get More Calcium

If you're a milk drinker, getting the calcium you and your baby need is relatively easy. If you don't like milk, you can still get plenty of calcium if you're creative. Here are some ways to sneak calcium into your diet:

  • Add low-fat or fat-free shredded cheese to your salads or cooked vegetables.
  • Use plain non-fat yogurt as a base for salad dressings.
  • Fix powdered non-fat dry milk into smoothies.
  • Eat high-calcium vegetables such as broccoli, okra, kale, mustard greens, and collard greens.
  • Drink hot cocoa made with skim milk instead of water.
  • Add milk instead of water to canned soups.
  • If you like coffee, order a decaf latte with skim milk.
  • Drink calcium-fortified orange juice.
  • Experiment with calcium-fortified soy products, such as soymilk and tofu.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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