As you may have read in previous posts, dairy and I are not friends. We're more like enemies. Which has been an absolutely blessing during pregnancy (no indulging in ice cream for this sugar craving gal!) as well as worrisome that I haven't been able to get the calcium that my body needs to support the growth of my little girl!
I've complied a list of foods that have more calcium than milk and are actually good! Sorry for those of you using ice cream as your excuse to get calcium, but there are other options!
Keep in mind that if you are carrying a little one, you should strive for about 1200mg of calcium per day. Most prenatal vitamins have some calcium, but we are hugely dependent on our diet to provide the nutrient needs for baby's bones!
- 8oz of Almond Milk - 450mg Calcium
- 1 cup of Spinach- 30mg Calcium
- 1 cup of Brocoli- 43mg Calcium
- Roughly 1 TBSP Chia Seeds- 179mg Calcium
- 1 ounce of Almonds- 100mg Calcium
- 1 cup Blackberries- 42mg Calcium
- 1 Orange- 60mg Calcium
Plus so many more options! I researched these values on The United States Department of Agriculture Research Service website.
I start off every morning with a smoothie using my favorite Ninja Blender (any blender will do but if you plan to blend vegetables, I've found this one to be one of the bests:
- 8oz Almond Milk
- 2 cups of Spinach
- 1 TBSP Chia Seed
- 1/2 cup Black Berries
- Protein Powder
That's 731mg of calcium before I even leave the house! Not to mention, plenty of protein and extremely high in a number of other nutrients. For about 300 calories, it doesn't get much better than that.