Five Excellent Non-Dairy Sources of Calcium
Most of us grew up hearing, “drink your milk”. Our parents believed that milk was a nutritious source of calcium and vitamin D. Modern milk of today is congestive antibiotic and hormone laden sludge, not worthy of our consumption. If you are lucky enough to live in a state where raw grass fed dairy (not homogenized or pasteurized) is legal you may be able to obtain calcium from dairy products, but if you don’t here’s some great alternatives for you…
- Eat Dark Leafy Greens!! DLG’s cure what ails you! Kale, romaine lettuce, spinach, Swiss Chard, mustard greens, etc. are a daily diet must for overall nutrition and calcium! Steam, sauté, juice, or eat them raw (if you have strong digestion), just find a way to get a cup in per day!
- Sunflower seeds! Snack on these little seeds for a calcium kick, keep a bag in your car to regulate any blood sugar dips. Sprinkle them on salads, hot cereals, cottage cheese, add to trail mix.
- Add quinoa to your diet! Quinoa is a wonderful gluten free grain (really a seed) that can be used as a side dish, main dish, or breakfast staple. It comes to the plate with plenty of calcium, protein, and fiber.
- Get familiar with Sea Vegetables! Find palatable ways to add them to your diet…bury a strip of kombu into soups and stews, make a hijiki salad, or add a dulse shaker to your table and start sprinkling.
- Bone Broth! (see my recipes) A wonderful source of calcium and minerals! Make a batch and freeze in ice cube trays to add to sautés, soups, sauces, stews, or just enjoy by the mugful!