Whether you are lactose intolerant, or like me—don’t naturally eat or drink much dairy, you may be concerned that you are getting enough calcium. This means you must actively count your intake, aiming for at least 1,000 mg per day, and no more than 2,000 per day.
If your tummy can tolerate dairy, the milk in your café coffee or cereal is an excellent start. Also enjoy yogurt, yogurt smoothies, low-fat cheese, non low-fat cheese in moderation. Even ice cream and frozen yogurt have calcium!
When you head to the store to buy your non-dairy milk and yogurt, always go for the calcium-fortified option. Also keep in mind that soy products, like tofu, edamame, and soy milk, contain a decent amount of calcium.
Aside from soy products, aim to add more of these calcium-rich foods to your daily diet:
- Collard greens
- Brazil nuts
- Canned sardines
- Poppy seeds
- Chia seeds
Take A Supplement
If you still struggle to get your 1,000 mg a day—take a calcium supplement. Choose from a quality coral calcium or a vitamin D infused calcium chew.
Calcium intake helps keep your bones and body strong. Getting enough calcium is one of those little things you can do now to minimize the risk of brittle bones as you age.