Calcium is a vital nutrient for babies’ and children’s growth.
It builds strong bones, teeth and plays an important role in ensuring that muscles and nerves work properly.
Give children adequate calcium in their diet, plenty of sunshine & physical activities for the strong bones in their adult lives.
How much calcium should children get?
Ages 1 to 3 years: 700 milligrams (mg) per day
Ages 4 to 8 years: 1,000 mg per day
Source: Baby Centre
I’ve heard about Ikan Bilis powder for babies when I started weaning Big E 4 years ago. But I was wary of the amount of salt in dried ikan bilis, hence I didn’t get E started on it. I substituted with other calcium rich food sources instead.
Sodium inhibits the absorption of calcium.
High sodium intake may increase the excretion of calcium and result in low bone mass.
Only recently did I discover a way to make this high calcium fish bone stock after I stocked up on some Chinese books on healthy soups for children.
It’s yummy! Both my boys loved it.
High Calcium Fish Bone & Vegetable Stock
Approx 300g fish bone (Threadfin fish bones are the best)
3 slices old ginger
A few stalks of celery
Approx 2 – 3 bowls of water
- Clean the fish bones thoroughly and dry them using kitchen paper towels
- Heat a pan with 1 tbsp oil. (You might want to skip the oil for babies.)
- Pan-fry the fish bones until both sides are browned.
- Cut the vegetables into cube sizes and boil everything, including the fried fish bones in a pot for 30 minutes.
- Throw the ginger pieces away.
- Put the fish bones in a blender and pour in some soup from step 4. Blend into milky fish stock.
- Do the same for the vegetables.
- Store the stock in containers and freeze them for later use. The stock can be kept in the freezer for a month.
I use Glad containers from NTUC. $4.20 for a pack of 8 mini round ones. They are reusable and I had used them previously for about a year before I decided to get new ones.
Raramummy has a pretty good review on this amazing ice-cube tray to freeze the soup stocks too! Check out her blog!
Happy fish stock making!