Cool, Calcium-Packed, Summer Time Drinks

Pam Flores @phflores Health Guide
  • Summer is winding down, but the heat wave gripping the country shows no signs of departure.  So now's the time to indulge in some great cool and refreshing - calcium packed - summer drinks!


    One way to beat this type of summer heat, is to keep your body constantly hydrated and adding cool summer drinks that are bone friendly.


    Recently we heard that calcium in excess could cause heart problems, but through this research we heard again how calcium from our diet is good for us and doesn't cause these other health conditions.  Calcium through diet is absorbed at a much slower rate, so it doesn't cause the same problems seen with supplemental calcium when taken in excess.  Check with your doctor to see what he or she feels is excessive intake of supplements when you are already getting calcium from your diet.

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    Here are three recipes that will help you beat the heat and will be kind to your body and bones at the same time.


    The National Osteoporosis Foundation reminds us that our daily requirement for "all" calcium - foods and supplements - is 1,200 milligrams a day for those over 50 and 1,000 milligrams for those under 50.  If we try to get most of our daily requirement from food, we won't have these problems with excess calcium, and heart attacks. 


    The following recipes are sure to cool and build your bones at the same time.


    Tropical Teaser


                 1 cup pineapple juice
                 ½ cup evaporated nonfat milk                                        
                 1/3 cup instant nonfat dry milk
            ¼ teaspoon coconut extract or to taste
                ½ teaspoon rum extract or to taste
                1 ripe medium banana, sliced
                6 ice cubes


    Pour pineapple juice and evaporated milk into a blender; add dry milk and blend until smooth.  Add extracts and sliced banana and blend again until smooth.  Add ice cubes, one at a time, and blend on low speed after each one until smooth.  Blend on high until thick and frothy, about 30 seconds.


    Servings: 3

    Calories per serving: 129

    Calcium per serving: 220 mg


    Mocha Instant Breakfast


                ¾ cup whole milk, very cold

                ¾ cup instant nonfat dry milk

                ½ teaspoon instant coffee

                2 teaspoons cocoa

                1 Tablespoon sugar

                Pinch of salt

                5 ice cubes


    Blend liquid milk and dry milk in blender.  Add coffee, cocoa, sugar and salt and blend until smooth.  Add ice cubes, one at a time, and blend on low speed after each one, until smooth.  Blend on high for 30 seconds, until thick and frothy.


    Servings: 2

    Calories per serving:  163

    Calcium per serving: 391 mg


    Berry Delight

                1 cup plain yogurt

                2 Tbs boysenberry or strawberry jam                     

  •             1 cup water

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                ¾ cup frozen boysenberries, unsweetened


      Blend ingredients in a blender until smooth, adding berries slowly.


                Servings: 2, 1 cup each

                Calories per serving: 151

                Calcium per serving: 225 mg


    For those who are lactose intolerant, substitute differing types of milk like almond, coconut, soy or rice milk.


    I'm sure everyone will enjoy these drinks on these terribly hot, dog days of summer.





    Recipes courtesy of: The Osteoporosis Information Center at ceruesmed sponsored by: Osteoporosis Caregivers and Testing Sites around the Nation.





Published On: August 03, 2010