Calcium is an important mineral for kids and adults alike, but unfortunately, most of us aren't getting enough. Not only is it essential for maintaining healthy bones and teeth, it has also been shown to help prevent cancer and protect the heart. Here are some fun, calcium-rich recipes to help you and your family get the nutrition you need.
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Peppermint Flavored Chocolate Milk
Milk is one of the best and most convenient sources of calcium. Adding just one glass of low-fat milk a day will get you about 1/3 of your daily recommended value -- and kids love classic variations like strawberry or chocolate milk. This drink is a fresh twist on basic chocolate milk: the cool peppermint is perfect for a warm spring day.
With a milk-based broth and plenty of shredded cheddar cheese, this meal is a terrific source of calcium. Plus, adding vegetables to this kid-friendly soup is a smart way to get your little ones to eat their veggies -- anything resembling mac-and-cheese is hard to resist!
Slow-Cooker Corn and Crab Chowder
A hearty chowder is perfect for a wholesome lunch or dinner. This version is loaded with veggies to help fill you up, and the typical heavy cream base is replaced with an evaporated milk and stock combination to keep fat and cholesterol down.
Confetti Yogurt Pops
Here's a smart dessert or summer snack that your kids will love, and that you'll love giving them. Low-fat vanilla yogurt gives these sweet pops a healthy dose of calcium and the fresh fruit adds color and flavor.
Banana Split Thermos Sundae
These "sundaes" are packed with so many nutrients you could serve them for breakfast -- really. The two types of low-fat yogurt are an excellent source of calcium. Add fresh fruit and almonds, and you've got a quick and nourishing snack or dessert.
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