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Calcium...

Ok so last pregnancy I had major issues taking my vits and getting calcium. I am attributing the cavities I have gotten since then to my lack of calcium during pregnancy and BFing. So I am trying really hard to keep up on my prenatals and my calcium.

So I have: Milk (too much makes me want to yack), Sunny D Calcium which I could probably drink forever (but is hard on the teeth), Orange Juice with Calcium, Cereal Bars (that I ate half of one now DS can have the rest, gross), Yogurt (enough yogurt to last the Apocalypse), and Cheese (shredded, block of, singles, you name it i got it).

I am tired of most of these things. Anyone got any ideas of tasty calcium fortified food stuffs?

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Green vegetables? Spinach, Broccoli? Personally I'd rather have real calcium than food fakely fortified, but that's just me.

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But I have to eat soooo much of those to get anywhere near the amount of calcium I need. and while salads are one of the only things I can stand eating, I still can't eat much. I do love spinach though, I will have to get some on my next trip to the store.

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Do you have a good spinach salad recipe? I have one if you want it. It has mushrooms, bacon chunks, bean sprouts, ummmm...I can't remember what else...and an awesome dressing. Oh man, that salad is SO good!

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I already had it typed out so here it is. OMG, I love it! I might need to make some...

Heather?s Favorite Spinach Salad

Salad:
1.5 lb Spinach
.5 lb Bean sprouts
1 8oz can water chestnuts, drained and sliced
5 strips Bacon, cooked, drained and sliced
2 Eggs, hard cooked and sliced
1 cup Mushrooms, sliced

Dressing:
2/3 cup Salad Oil
1/3 cup Sugar
1/3 cup Ketchup
1/3 cup Red Wine Vinegar
1/3 cup Finely Chopped Onion
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:
Remove stems and tear spinach into small pieces. Place spinach in bowl,
mix bean sprouts into spinach.
Mix dressing in a bowl or bottle.
Prior to serving, pour dressing over salad and toss. Garnish with egg,
bacon, mushrooms and water chestnuts.

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I did some more reading....

  • Almonds
  • Almond Butter
  • Sardines (good luck with that! GAG)
  • Canned Salmon (with bones is more calcium)
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Ice Cream (tee hee, yum!)
  • Tofu (What about tofu smoothies? I used to make them with desert tofu, fruit and OJ in the blender)
  • Oats (Oatmeal?)
  • Blackstrap molasses (What? Do they want you to just eat a tbsp of it? Good amount of calcium though!)
  • Baked beans
  • Kale (have you tried Kale chips? Even my 2 year old LOVES them)

If you make scrambled eggs ever, you can put some thawed frozen spinach in the eggs when you cook them.

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I agree about real calcium vs. what they fortify foods with. Also, there are now studies coming out that show the calcium in calcium fortified foods is actually not good for you. It's essentially chalk. Anyways, you can add spinach to fruit smoothies with almonds and you'll get a ton, and hardly taste the spinach. In addition, nettle tea helps remove bad calcium and replace it with good. So that's a GREAT option.

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I know its better to actually eat it, but I have always been a person with a low appetite (why am I fat? cause I don't work out.) It has also been said that unpasteurized milk is waaaaay better for than the processed stuff because in heating it up takes out most of the stuff that actually helps you to digest it.

I like that spinach salad recipe and will try it, I usually just have a bunch of spinach with olive oil and vinegar on top. Thanks for all the ideas ladies, shopping list is going to be quite a bit longer.

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just the mention of spinach made me think of one of my favorite and easy to make wraps.

I use a whole grain tortilla put spinach and crab meat and top with ranch dressing. YUM

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"MJDttc" wrote:

It has also been said that unpasteurized milk is waaaaay better for than the processed stuff because in heating it up takes out most of the stuff that actually helps you to digest it.

I thought we were only supposed to have pasteurized stuff, being pregnant?

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That's what they say, but it doesn't matter anyhow as it is illegal to sell or purchase raw milk anyhow.

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"MJDttc" wrote:

That's what they say, but it doesn't matter anyhow as it is illegal to sell or purchase raw milk anyhow.

Ahhh ok. I had no idea!

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It doesn't really matter for calcium anyways. There is very little calcium (if any) in dairy. They just fortify it so that people will think they need it.