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Eat fresh produce! Eat a rainbow of colors when it comes to fruits and vegetables. Eating more fruits and veggies keeps a diet alkaline and studies have found that alkaline diets retained more calcium.  Consider V8 Fusion, which offers fruits and veggies in one serving.

Watch your salt intake.  Salty food causes your body to lose calcium.

Consider making hearty dishes chock full of calcium and vitamin D.  A plate full of foods combining milk, cheese, eggs, and certain fish will offer you a hearty dose of calcium.  Think tuna noodle casserole, macaroni and cheese, ricotta pancakes, and salmon chowder. Check out the recipe book, Calcium Rich Recipes.

If you are on a casein free diet or your child just flat out refuses dairy, get some labwork done.  If casein is not an issue, consider making delicious smoothies and turn the left over servings into popsicles.    Seek out calcium enriched orange juice or cereals.  Slip some veggies in with V8 Fusion (free of dye) and Fruitables.  Consider supplementing with [easyazon-link asin=”B000OQ2D0K” locale=”us”]Rhino Swirlin Calci-Bears[/easyazon-link] too.

Get a good food processor and play sneaky chef.  Or use baby food jars of vegetables and slip it into banana bread or brownies.  Think about what you can sneak into a traditional favorite, Mac and Cheese.  Check out [easyazon-link asin=”0762430753″ locale=”us”]The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals[/easyazon-link] for some great ideas!

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Using her background in health care administration, education and marketing, Tiffani created Special-Ism, an educational resource for parents, teachers, and clinicians of children with various isms. Currently, Tiffani serves as the Editorial Director at Special-Ism, focusing on solutions to the isms for all children at home, in the classroom and community.