Good sources of calcium are most commonly found in dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese. Calcium is also found in broccoli, collard greens, tofu, almonds, calcium-fortified juices and calcium-fortified cereals.
Vitamin D occurs naturally in many foods, including herring, catfish, salmon, beef liver and eggs. But it can be difficult to get enough of these foods, especially for kids. In addition, our bodies can create vitamin D when our skin is exposed to sunlight.
Big G Kid Cereals contain both calcium and vitamin D. In fact, Big G Kid Cereals provide at least 10% of the Daily Value of both calcium and vitamin D in each serving. Together with a half cup of skim milk, this wholesome combo provides your kids with at least 25% of the Daily Value of both calcium and vitamin D before they even head out the door to start the day.
How can I help my kids get calcium and vitamin D throughout the day?
- For an afternoon snack, mix vitamin D-fortified yogurt with your kid’s favorite General Mills Big G Kid Cereal.
- For lunch, try an open-faced tuna sandwich with a slice of melted cheese on top.
- Replace soda or juice at mealtime with a glass of non-fat milk.
How do calcium and vitamin D work together for your bones and teeth?
Calcium is an essential nutrient for building strong bones and teeth. Vitamin D is another piece in the healthy bones puzzle — it is essential for calcium absorption. Research estimates that 9 in 10 kids aged 6 to 12 don’t get enough vitamin D in their diet; about half don’t get enough calcium.