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    Posted: 04 Mar 2012 at 7:41pm
Those of you that are non-dairy households, what sources of calcium do you give your kids?
 
I'm thinking I need to give up dairy again- at least straight milk for sure, cultured milk products are better as long as it's in moderation. I've been off it before and always feel so much better, every time I drink milk I'm miserable. DS doesn't like to drink it and I wonder if it bothers his tummy, too- or if he's just being a two year old. Tongue
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We use fortified rice milk for our youngest because of a milk allergy.  It also has vitamin D so the calcium can be absorbed.  The vanilla one tastes pretty good if it's really cold.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote sunnymom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Mar 2012 at 9:09pm
We dont drink milk at all. Used to use nut milks and soy milk but not now. we have a lot of grains; greens like broccoli, kale, collards; eggs; seeds. Will try to find a few references later. :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote erinchelsea Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Mar 2012 at 10:07pm
Thanks, SM- we eat a lot of greens & eggs too. Some references would be great.
 
I've tried coconut & almond milk, I don't think I've ever had rice milk.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stegmanjessica Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Mar 2012 at 11:46pm
We are non-dairy/soy/gluten. My kids' calcium comes from veggies and eggs. LOTS of broccoli and spinach, kale, seeds. We honestly eat so many veggies and meat that I don't worry about the kids' vitamins. Kale chips are a hit here, as are green smoothies, in which each kid consumes about 1.25c. of spinach every single day.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote erinchelsea Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 2012 at 8:16am
We love kale chips and green smoothies, too! I just need to do them more consistently. I have a hard time getting Abram to eat eggs anymore...I think he's tired of them. Confused
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Clare_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 2012 at 8:58am
I don't do anything other than make sure they're getting a wide range of whole foods in their diets. We eat lots of eggs and veggies, too.
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The book Nourishing Traditions reccomends Dolomite powder as a calcium supplement for kids and adults who are dairy free. It is something that you could blend up in a smoothie. I do have a bottle of that in my fridge.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote minneapolismama Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 2012 at 12:09pm
personally i am pro cheese, butter and yogurt without drinking milk. cheese- it's just good, kids love it, you have more variety in foods and good calcium. yogurt for probiotics, calcium and protein and butter cause.. well it's just necessary lol. the kids dont drink milk and i only rarely do, dh is the only milk drinker and he has cut back lately from a couple a day to one at most. 
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We are dairy, gluten, egg free around here and I use calcium chews to supplement calcium.  "They" recommend 500mg elemental daily for children 2 and up is my understanding.  The most absorbable form is calcium citrate which costs a little more.  My boys love the chewy calciums and they are combined with 400 IU of vit D which is better for absorption as well. 

I also use homemade stocks in my cooking which I figure should help a bit.  My boys are not the best at eating green - of any kind.  And that is the best form of calcium - think green :)  Naturally occuring calcium in food is absorbed well and thereby, you don't need to worry about "mg's" per se. 


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I did forget to mention stocks! That is another way to boost minerals.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote erinchelsea Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 2012 at 4:59pm
Yes, I do try to do stocks since we have our home grown chickens but I'd love to do more of that! Yum!!!
 
Katie, yes, I do yogurt and cheese in small amounts. And we definitely eat lots of butter! Those things don't bother my tummy like the straight milk and DS seems to like it better as well. Today I made him a smoothie with a bit of plain yogurt, fruit & spinach. Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Quote musicmama Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 2012 at 6:17pm
Our house & eating habits are a lot like Katie's.  Tess has live kefir grains for sale (you can add them into a coop when she's shipping), and I make it for us to use in bfast smoothies.  Can't beat the live probiotics.  Maybe it would be a thing you would try for yourself, and if you didn't have the big negative side-effects you get from milk, you could try it w/ the LOs?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote HC in KC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Mar 2012 at 10:14am
We are far from dairy free, but I prefer almond milk for myself. I usually have unsweetened vanilla and chocolate in the house. They always have calcium added, but I'm not sure if that is what you want v. a natural source. DS likes almond milk, too. He drinks cow's milk, but I am pretty sure I could go to almond with no problems. DS just recently decided cheese is ok. He's always liked yogurt. He used to have a daily smoothie with yogurt and spinach in it. As he's diversified his acceptable foods, I've stopped being so strict about a smoothie every day.
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