This is no surprise, since milk and dairy advertisements leave us with the impression that dairy is the only way you can possibly get the daily recommendation for calcium.
But this isn’t true—there are plenty of other, healthy foods within the Personal Trainer Food guidelines that are rich in calcium.
First, let’s take the top 3 dairy products that have a good amount of calcium:
Milk: 1 cup = 350mg
Greek yogurt (plain): 1 cup = 250mg
Cottage cheese: ½ cup = 69mg
Seems impressive, right?
Maybe not as impressive when you consider that the pasteurization process makes the calcium in milk very difficult, if not impossible, for your body to absorb. Absorption is really the key– your body is not getting the full amount of calcium listed on the Nutrition Facts panel.
And that’t too bad, because calcium is an awesome fat-burner!*
Good news! There are many Personal Trainer Foods and snacks that contain as much, or more, readily available calcium than common dairy items.
Check out the chart below. These foods are chock-full of calcium, have many other health benefits, and will help you to lose weight:
|Collard Greens||1 cup boiled||266mg|
|Spinach||1 cup boiled||245mg|
|Kelp||1 cup raw||136mg|
|Celery||2 cups raw||81mg|
|Kale||1 cup raw||90mg|
|Turnip Greens||1 cup boiled||200mg|
|Okra||1 cup cooked||172mg|