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My Teenage Daughter Does Not Drink Milk any More. What Foods Will Help Her Build Strong Bones?

If your child doesn't drink milk, there are still other options for getting the calcium she needs. Here are just a few foods she could try:

  • Fruit juice fortified with calcium
  • Low-fat or fat-free yogurt
  • String cheese snacks
  • Slices of cheese on sandwiches and crackers
  • Dark, leafy green vegetables such as kale, bok choy or collard greens
  • Cereal fortified with calcium
  • Smoothie made with milk or yogurt
  • Flavored low-fat milk
  • Hot chocolate
  • Soy milk fortified with calcium.

Since your daughter is at the age when she needs adequate calcium to build strong bones for the future, it is important that you encourage her to consume a variety of these items. If you are concerned she is not getting enough calcium, consider meeting with a registered dietitian. An RD will be able to assess whether your daughter's calcium intake is adequate.

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