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  • Day 13: Eat Your Calcium!
  • Daily Nugget: Calcium milligrams per 100g of butter: 20; whole milk: 118; chickpeas: 150; collard greens: 203; sesame seeds: 1,160; hijiki seaweed: 1,400

    Chickpeas, hijiki and sesame seeds all contain calcium

    Now that we’ve got our protein in check, and we’ve switched over to non-dairy milk, you’re probably wondering if you really are getting enough of that other major nutrient: calcium.

    Calcium is important for vegans and non-vegans alike. Luckily, we don’t need dairy products to get it. Think about it: humans aren’t the only primates who need calcium, but we are the only species on the planet who: a.) drinks milk into adulthood; and b.) drinks the milk of another species. So, where do other primates get calcium? From plants! So can we.

    There are plenty of calcium sources apart from fortified soy, rice and nut milks. Here are just a few: collard greens, kale, broccoli, calcium-fortified OJ, calcium-set tofu, blackstrap molasses, and sesame seeds. It’s also a good idea to steer clear of caffeinated beverages, which leach calcium from the bones.

    Today, make a dish with kale or broccoli and stay off the dairy cheese bandwagon. Feeling ambitious? Switch to decaf coffee, or green tea, instead of your usual cup o’ joe. By now your diet should be so full of clean energy, you won’t (completely) miss the caffeine!