Vegan 101: Calcium Part II

Hello to all you MoFo’s out there! Did you see yesterday’s post about calcium? Here’s Part II, with five more calcium-rich foods.

Calcium: 10 with 10 – Part II
6. Almonds
Almonds are full of heart healthy fats and phytosterols. What are phytosterols? Basically a component found in plants that help to lower cholesterol. Almonds are also full of fiber, iron, and vitamin E. You can use them to make your own almond milk or eat them plain. Try swapping peanut butter with almond butter for added nutrients. Two ounces of almonds will provide 16% of your daily calcium needs.
7. Kale
Green leafy vegetables, like kale, are packed with calcium and other nutrients. Kale is also anti-inflammatory and contains anti-oxidants and anti-cancer properties. There are many varieties to choose from. My favorite way to eat kale? Kale chips.
8. Molasses
Molasses can be used instead of sugar or sweetener in baking. Molasses is high in potassium, iron, and selenium. Managanese in molasses helps the body synthesize fatty acids and produce energy from proteins and carbohydrates.
9. Flaxseed
Like chia seeds, flax is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and calcium. Lignans in flaxseed protect against cancer by inhibiting tumor growth. Use ground flax in smoothies, mix it in oatmeal, or sprinkle on soy yogurt. To prevent oxidation, it is best stored in the freezer.
10. Rhubarb
Rhubarb is often used to make pies, but can also be eaten raw. While similar in appearance to celery, it is actually a fruit. Rhubarb contains lots of vitamin K, magnesium, and potassium, which help with calcium metabolism. Antioxidants provide health benefits for your heart, skin, eyes, and immune system.

Honorable Mentions:

With only 10 spots on the list, there simply wasn’t enough space for all those other delicious calcium-rich foods. We don’t want anyone to feel left out. Here are some other promising contenders:

Rutabagas, chickpeas, artichokes, oranges, black eyed peas, dried herbs (basil, thyme, dill, oregano,..), white beans, broccoli, dates, cinnamon, soy products, Swiss chard, amaranth, sea cucumbers, navy beans, seaweed,…

So there you are. Where do you get your calcium from?

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See you all tomorrow for HalloWednesday!

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