My 11-year-old had her annual physical yesterday. Aside from my shock and horror (and yes, delight) at how very, very, very much she has grown, I was thankful to learn tween girls need a significant amount of calcium during these transition years. Key information, especially since my little giraffe is not a milk-drinker. The pediatrician did a nice job of giving us a calcium 101 lecture, and we’ve now been charged to hit at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day. She also told my daughter this was her responsibility (with mom’s help and guidance). I love the empowerment!
Here’s a quick how-to for those of you who also have young ladies in your house.
Glass of calcium fortified OJ with your breakfast: 300 milligrams
Carton of milk with your lunch at school: 300 milligrams
Two slices of calcium fortified Roman Meal bread for your sandwich: 300 milligrams
After school snack:
Container of yogurt: approximately 200 milligrams
You’re at approximately 1,000 milligrams before dinner is even served! How easy was that? Of course, my 11-year-old is a little obsessed with efficiency, so she proposed we make smoothies for breakfast with OJ and yogurt to get a head start. Works for me!
Take care of you and yours!