We all know that calcium builds strong bones, but it also ensures that your muscles, nerves and cells all work properly.
As adults, we need approximately 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day – or the equivalent of more than three 8 oz. glasses of milk a day. But if you don’t do dairy, you are still able to get your daily dose of calcium with these calcium-rich foods.
Broccoli has a calcium content of 86 milligrams in just two cups of raw broccoli. It also contains nearly twice the vitamin C than an orange.
Collard greens contain 268 milligrams of calcium per one cup cooked. It is also loaded with three days’ worth of vitamin A.
Kale has a calcium content of 101 milligrams in one cup of raw, chopped kale. Kale also provides a day’s worth of vitamin C and twice the recommended daily intake of vitamin A.
Edamame contains 98 milligrams of calcium in one cup cooked. It is also one of the few non-animal foods that is a complete protein – meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids. And 8 grams of fiber per serving isn’t too shabby, either.
Figs have a calcium content of 121 milligrams in ½ cup dried figs. Figs also supply you with magnesium, potassium and fiber.
Oranges contain 74 milligrams of calcium in one large orange and 27 milligrams in one cup of orange juice. Orange are also great sources of vitamin C, they are full of antioxidants and are low in calories.
Sardines have a calcium content of 351 milligrams in a 3.75 oz. can. While some people may fear sardines simply on looks alone, they are really quite tasty and are an amazing source of vitamin B12 and vitamin D.