Were you ever told by your parents to drink your milk in order to be the strongest boy or girl in school? Well I was, and it made me fall for the misconception that if I wanted to get enough calcium, I would have to consume a lot of dairy. Guess what? There are numerous dairy-free foods that provide the necessary calcium one needs. It is an essential mineral for the functioning of our bodies, so it is important to be aware of all the calcium sources, considering that the vegan lifestyle has become such a popular one today.
Calcium is necessary because it makes your bones and teeth strong. It also helps with the circulation of blood, skin health and other body functions. In order to properly absorb the calcium, you need vitamin D as well. So yeah, go out and lay on the beach for a while because there is no better source of vitamin D than the sun, but sunblock up!
So how do vegans get their necessary daily dose of calcium? The following are some excellent sources:
Dark Leafy greens: What’s great about dark leafy greens is that they contain large amounts of calcium. Options include kale, Bok Choy, watercress, broccoli, amongst others. These vegetables are not only great sources of calcium, but they are also packed with other essential vitamins.
Almonds: Highly nutritional and full of calcium. A one ounce serving of almonds have approximately 80 mg of calcium! They are an easy grab-and-go snack and can be added to all sorts of dishes. So go indulge on some almonds!
Dairy-free milk: If you just can’t stay away from milk because you need it for your morning cereal or for baking desserts, you’re not completely screwed. There are dairy-free options such as almond milk, soy milk, and others! As I mentioned earlier, almonds are packed with calcium so almond milk is full of it as well. Some non-dairy milks even have more calcium than cow’s milk!