Calcium is important for everyone, but it’s especially vital for kids. That’s because childhood is the time when the bones are busy absorbing as much calcium as possible, making them strong for years—assuming there’s enough calcium to go around for those bones! Sure, dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese are all great sources of calcium, but kids can’t exist on just beverages and snacks. They also need healthy meals daily, which is why you should check out some calcium-rich, kid-friendly recipes that ensure your children get lots of calcium and other nutrients for lunch or dinner.
First, find out how much calcium to give your kids by reading How Much Calcium Children Need
Mac and Cheese Soup
If you normally skip soup recipes because you know your kids won’t eat it, hang on! Mac and Cheese Soup deserves another chance, because it’s a yummy, cheesy way to get calcium and even vegetables into your child’s diet. All it takes is some milk, cheddar cheese, pasta shells, chicken broth, flour, and assorted vegetables. Parents Magazine recommends that you toss in some frozen cauliflower, broccoli, and carrot slices, but you can switch out the vegetables according to what your kids like—or according to what you can most easily hide in this “soup.” One serving offers up 303 mg of calcium, so this is one of the most calcium-rich, kid-friendly recipes you’ll find!
Shortcut Vegetable Lasagna
Want healthy recipes for kids but don’t want to be in the kitchen all night? Then “shortcut” should get your attention! When you make Shortcut Vegetable Lasagna, your family will get the amazing taste and gooey cheesiness of lasagna without the wait, since this recipe only takes about 20 minutes to bake. That’s perfect for impatient kids who may be eagerly awaiting a dinner that has two types of cheese in it! Once you have ricotta and mozzarella cheese, all you need to add is marinara sauce, egg noodles, and frozen vegetables to make a calcium-rich, kid-friendly dinner for the whole family.
If you’re not sure how to choose vegetables and other healthy ingredients to add to recipes, here are some hints: Five Essential Nutrients Kids Need Daily
Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
If you’re a fan of tossing everything into a pot and letting the aroma take over your kitchen as dinner slowly cooks all day, this one’s for you. The Chicken and Broccoli Casserole from Parents Magazine is an easy crockpot recipe that’s good for anyone who needs a calcium boost. As you might guess from the name, it’s mostly chicken, broccoli, and cheddar cheese, all mixed with some chicken broth, onion, and even crushed cheddar cheese crackers if you’re feeling super into cheese today.
With any of these calcium-rich, kid-friendly recipes, feel free to add extra vegetables for more nutrition…and sprinkle some FitFormula Calcium+Vitamin D on top for even more calcium for the kids! After all, you need all the help you can get when it comes to convincing your kids to eat healthy, calcium-packed foods. And this is an important task if you want them to have strong bones for life. If you’ve found the trick to getting them to eat healthy, let us know! What healthy kid-friendly recipes do your children love?
Get more ideas for calcium-rich, kid-friendly recipes when you read Calcium for the Picky Eater’s Diet—A Parenting Sneak Attack
More sources on calcium and other nutrients for kids:
What is calcium and how does it build strong bones?
Calcium Rich Food for Kids
10 Best Calcium Rich Foods for Kids