(Family Features) - Growing bodies need calcium. Kids love macaroni and cheese. See an equation here? It's is easy to make this family pleasing entree with organic ingredients. Plus, it features a whopping dose of that bone building, miraculous mineral: calcium.
"Little kids need about 500 mg (of calcium) per day, bigger ones about 800 mg and teens need 1,300 mg to fuel those growing bones," said Sara Tedeschi, Organic Valley's community nutrition educator. "There's no better way to get calcium than from organic dairy foods."
Milk drinkers will get 300 mg of calcium for every cup. Not all kids are milk drinkers, but most love cheese and other dairy foods. Nurturing the strong bones that are formed during the growing years will help prevent osteoporosis later in life. And, adults - especially women - need 1,000 mg of calcium per day.
Macaroni and cheese come together for a calcium-rich entrée that pleases the palate, the soul and the kid in all of us.
Getting Calcium into Kids
- Cheese, Please: A 1.5-ounce serving of cheddar cheese has 300 mg of calcium. Offer a snack of cheddar cubes or try Organic Valley Stringles.
- Juicy News: 1 cup of Organic Valley Organic "With Calcium" Orange Juice contains 300 mg of calcium.
- Yummy Yogurt: An 8-ounce serving of yogurt contains 300 mg of calcium.
- Green Goddess: Dark green vegetables like broccoli contain calcium. Serve broccoli "trees" with a tangy dip made with Organic Valley Lowfat Sour Cream or Cottage Cheese.
- Soup It Up: Make soups with milk for a calcium boost.
- Jump for Joy: Combine a calcium-rich diet with plenty of exercise. It takes both to build strong bones.
For more delicious, organic recipes, visit www.organicvalley.coop.