- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 23, 2000

There are ways to sneak calcium into foods, easing the minds of parents and perhaps boosting the bones of picky children and teens.
"Most children just aren't worried about their calcium intake," says Sheah Rarback, a pediatric nutritionist in Miami and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, "so you have to sneak the calcium in or make it fun."
Ms. Rarback suggests adding nonfat dry milk to baked goods such as cookies, breads and muffins. One quarter-cup will provide 209 milligrams of calcium for the entire recipe and will not change the texture or flavor of the product.
Other sneaky sources of calcium are corn tortillas (40 milligrams in a 6-inch round), dried figs (about 160 milligrams in six) and sesame seeds (about 176 milligrams in two tablespoons).
"A little melted cheese on a tortilla is an excellent way to get calcium," Ms. Rarback says. "The sesame seeds you can sprinkle on something a child already likes for a calcium boost."
Isabel Maples, a registered dietitian and a spokeswoman for the Dairy Council of the Mid-Atlantic, says to use milk instead of water in certain recipes and mixes, such as for cakes, pancakes or oatmeal.
"Milk is primarily water in terms of baking qualities, so it really is a good choice for adding calcium," she says.
Other calcium-rich snacks that may appeal to children:
A 12-ounce milkshake (500 milligrams).
One cup of yogurt (447 milligrams).
One half-cup of chocolate pudding (150 milligrams).
One half-cup of frozen yogurt (100 milligrams).
One half-cup of soft-serve ice cream (100 milligrams).
One string cheese (180 milligrams).
One cup of calcium-fortified cereal (100 milligrams).
One English muffin (100 milligrams).
One cup of macaroni and cheese (120 milligrams).
Grilled cheese sandwich (250 milligrams).
One taco with cheese (221 milligrams).
One 4-ounce serving of lasagna (150 milligrams).
One slice of cheese pizza (117 milligrams).

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