Has your doctor ever said, “Are you getting enough calcium?” I’ve been asked that question every year, even more so since I went dairy-free!
There are countless commercials and advertisements that emphasize how wonderful dairy is for you because it contains so much calcium (30%)! Hip-hip hooray for milk! Don’t get me wrong: calcium is a necessary nutrient for a healthy body and everyone should aim to get their recommended amount. In fact, check out this nifty chart from the National Institute of Health that highlights how calcium you really need:
So now that we know how much calcium we should be consuming, how do we go about it?
Simply put, what about those of us who are lactose intolerant, disagree with dairy consumption or simply just don’t like dairy? Should we just forgo the recommended amount and take whatever we can get? No!—there is good news.
There is a plethora of wonderful vegan-friendly sources of calcium! Some of these sources are vegetables, fruits, and grains that have been fortified with calcium.
Here are top 10 vegan sources of calcium:
- Collard Greens
- Plant milks (Soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, flaxseed milk, hemp milk)
- Orange Juice
- Blackstrap Molasses
What are your favorite vegan sources of calcium??
Peace, Love, & Coconuts
Chart source: Source: National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements, http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Calcium-QuickFacts/