The era of the milk mustache is, sadly, a thing of the past. Gone are
the “Got Milk?” commercials and the nostalgic moo juice with every meal. Milk
consumption in the U.S. has been in sharp decline since the ‘70s, particularly
among tweens and teens. The thing is, you’ve gotta get that calcium (and some
vitamin D) somehow, right? Here are our five favorite alternative sources of
the good stuff. Who’s growing up tall ‘n’ strong? This girl!
Almond and soy milks are growing in popularity about as quick as milk
is declining. There are tons of options on the market, from unsweetened basics
to vanilla and chocolate flavors. All of the options you’ll see in the grocery
are fortified with vitamins and minerals, which means they have just as much
calcium as the jug of milk in the refrigerated section—sometimes, they have
A handful or two of raw kale or spinach gives ya 10 to 25 percent of
your daily recommended allotment of calcium. Top it with crunchy veggies, dried
fruit, your favorite protein, sliced nuts and a tangy vinaigrette and you’ll
have a tasty appetizer for just about any meal.
Whichever you pick, you’ll be gobbling down 20 percent of your calcium
for the day in a single serving. We’re digging sharp cheddar with apples,
pepper jack with crackers and hard Romano with honey.
Lots of your favorite a.m. picks are fortified with all sorts of
vitamins and minerals, including bone building-block calcium. The key here is
to keep the sugar content in mind. For a balanced breakfast that’s also pretty
tasty, serve up a bowl of regular Cheerios, Kix, Wheaties or Total with 2
Many brands are now offering calcium-enriched juices. We’re loving
Simply Orange’s calcium- and vitamin D-enriched juice for a small glass with
breakfast. It’ll give ya 35 percent of the good stuff. Don’t guzzle it all day—juice
packs a ton of sugar and calories that feel pretty much invisible as ya sip.
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 3/27/2014 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN healthy eating 101, nutrition, produce