We all know the importance of calcium for building and maintaining strong bones. The National Institute of Health’s Food & Nutrition Board recommends adult women get 1,000 mg of calcium each day, or about three cups of dairy products.
But how do you fit that much dairy into your everyday?
The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, advises looking for low-fat or fat-free dairy, and using real dairy products in place of those with little calcium (like cream cheese).
For the past few months I’ve been tracking everything I eat, and I noticed early on that I was not getting nearly enough calcium. Perhaps that’s why my bones creak and crack so much! I’ve been making an effort to get more milk and cheese into my everyday meal plan via smoothies, weight watcher cheese sticks and cereal, and have started taking 600 mg calcium supplements make sure I get to my daily 1,000 mg.
And I’m all for a having a non-fat latte or plate of cheese and crackers in the name of good health.