The benefits of ditching dairy are well documented and can’t be understated, but many people think that not eating dairy means they will be lacking in the calcium department.
This is not true, as there are many calcium-free dairy alternatives out there. Whether you are lactose-intolerant or you simply want to reap the health benefits of a non-dairy diet, this list of for you.
Here is a list of 17 foods you probably didn’t know where packed with calcium.
When eaten whole there is plenty of calcium in sardine bones. They are also packed with vitamin D and omega 3.
2. Canned salmon
Another fish with calcium rich bones. The canning process softens the bones enough that they can easily be eaten without an trouble.
3. White beans
These legumes are full of calcium and iron. They can replace chickpeas and be made into a delicious hummous.
You don’t often think of green veggies as being calcium rich, but kale is full of it. Use it as a base for any salad.
5. Sesame seeds
Sesame seeds are full of calcium, and they can also help reduce blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and could even help fight cancer.
Almonds are packed full of nutrients, more so than any other nut. They are high in calcium, as well as vitamin E and iron.
7. Dried figs
High in calcium, fiber and antioxidants.
8. Black-eyed peas
These are full of calcium, and rich in potassium and folate.
9. Backstrap molasses
Blackstrap molasses is great for when you are craving sugar. It is secretly full of calcium as well as iron and other vitamins,
A great source of calcium, as well as vitamin C.
11. Turnip greens
As with kale, this green veg has a high calcium content and is full of antioxidants.
12. Bok choy
High in fiber, calcium and vitamins A and C
Seaweed is great for your metabolism, as well as being great source of calcium and fiber.
A great dairy alternative to milk if you are missing a glass of the white stuff, it is also high in protein.
15. Orange juice
Because of its high sugar content, it should be drunk in moderation, but its is an easy way to get more calcium into your diet.
16. Instant oatmeal
Instant oatmeal and lots of cereals are fortified with calcium, vitamins and iron.
17. Firm tofu
A vegan favourite, tofu is made from boiled and pressed soybeans, so it is packed full of calcium.