Make Your Breakfast Even Better
- Drink a glass of calcium-fortified orange juice with your breakfast. The vitamin C and acidity may boost your body's ability to absorb calcium. A tip: Calcium may settle in the container, so shake well before pouring.
- Add an extra dairy serving later in the day.
- If you're a vegetarian, take a supplement. "Leafy greens, seeds, nuts, beans, and legumes, including soy, contain compounds called phytates and oxalates, which bind with calcium, preventing your cells from getting access to it," explains Dave Grotto, RD, a Chicago-based spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. In fact, up to 95 percent of the calcium in spinach is blocked by oxalates. Instead, choose cauliflower and other "smelly" vegetables. "They may contain less calcium, but it's better absorbed by your body," explains Grotto.
Check out these other healthy options to switch up your breakfast!
Egg White Muffin Melt
Yogurt with Almonds and Strawberries
Peanut Buttery Bagel