While many parents may know that Vitamin D and Calcium are important for children’s development, few are aware that they work most effectively when consumed together. Did you know, Vitamin D’s role in calcium absorption helps our little ones avoid brittle bones, weak muscles, and impaired nerves?
But why do we need calcium? Well, it helps build and maintain healthy bones and supports various bodily functions such as blood clotting and muscle contraction. Superstar Vitamin D also plays a big role in our bone health, by promoting bone growth and strength, and helping calcium to work its magic. However, unfortunately for us in Blighty, the main source of Vitamin D is from the sun, which means it’s crucial we get it via our diets or supplements.
There is a reason it’s called the “sunshine vitamin” after all!
Fortunately, there are many food sources containing Vitamin D, including egg yolks, fatty-fish and fortified milk and cereals. And we all know that calcium can be found in dairy, tofu, soybeans, and many leafy vegetables to name but a few.
It’s all very well knowing where to find the vitamins, but most parents would agree that getting your child to eat them is the challenging part. This is where I’m here to help! I’ve partnered with Warburtons to develop some delicious and nutritious recipes to help your little one grow strong and healthy bones. Check out my three delicious, lunch-box friendly recipes below. I’ve also popped a few ideas below on Vitamin D and calcium food sources that you can refer back to for inspiration.