It has been embedded in our brains that milk and dairy products are some of the best sources of calcium we can get for our bones to be strong and healthy. Though dairy does have calcium, there are foods that are much richer in in calcium with much less fat and no hormones added. Calcium is needed for people of all ages but is especially important for children and young adults while their developing bodies are growing. Foods Rich in Calcium:
- Maca – This is a superfood that is not only rich in calcium, but also contains a large amount of phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, Vitamin B1, B2, C, E, and iron. It helps balance hormonal imbalances while promoting strength, endurance, and mental clarity.
- Hemp Seeds – This seed will not cause anyone to get high. It is a delicious nutty-flavored seed, similar to pine nuts, which are loved by anyone that tries them. Hemp is rich in calcium and contains 33% ingestible protein (for all those vegetarians out there!). It also contains all 10 essential amino acids, Vitamin E, D, and is a great source of essential fatty acids including omega-3, 6, and 9.
- Coconut Water – In addition to being loaded with natural electrolytes, drinking unfiltered organic coconut water helps with the absorption of calcium and magnesium. Replace your child’s sugary drinks with natural and delicious coconut water!
- Algae’s – These super greens which include Marine Phytoplankton, Spirulina, and BlueGreen Algae are a complete food that offer several health benefits. Spirulina has almost 300% more calcium than milk and about 2300% more iron than spinach! Yes, you read that correctly. These green superfoods can be purchased in tablet, liquid, or powder form and blended into daily smoothies and fresh juices daily.
- Leafy Greens – Spinach, kale, turnips, and collard greens provide a large amount of calcium that can be added to you and your entire family’s daily diet. Blend them into smoothies, juice them, make a large salad, add them to sandwiches…the ideas are endless as to how to get these delicious leafy greens eaten daily by your family.
As you can see, there are several options for adding a variety of foods to your child’s diet to get them an abundant amount of calcium without having to have them ingest dairy products. Be creative with your entire family’s diet and you will be amazed at how healthy your family will become. It’s a wonderful thing!