Before I start today's tip, I want to state that the subject of dairy for some reason is wildly controversial. The pro-dairy forces have us convinced that we will fall apart without massive consumption of milk and cheese each day. And the anti-dairy forces consider it poison.
Like any controversial issue, I am not even going to touch this one! But I do think it is really important to work to get as much calcium as possible from non-dairy sources each day.
Here is my reasoning- foods high in calcium tend to be the green stuff that is proven to have massive, overwhelming health benefits. And the stats show that is is hard for us to eat a lot of greens each day, but easy to consume dairy.
Let me try and walk you through this idea!
One cup of milk has a little more than 200mg of calcium in it. Two cups of cooked broccoli has a little less than 200mg of calcium in it. One cup of collard greens has about 350mg of calcium. A cup of chick peas/garbonzo beans has about 150mg of calcium. Two cups of sweet potato has about 150mg.
Now the idea here is not to get you to eat less dairy (but most experts say go for the low fat stuff.) But the idea is to get you to eat more of the greens. My thought here is that by focusing on including greens in your daily calcium intake you provide yourself with another incentive, another reason.
And one of the main building blocks we try and teach is to constantly find the "reason" to do things. Makes us more likely to do it! Dr. Joel Fuhrman goes into this issue in depth on pages 173-179 in his nutrition manual Eat For Health. Readers of me might note that I reference him a lot, and that is true. We are always looking for new material and the latest research, so if there is something that might interest me, please let me know.
The New PEERtrainer Guide To Hunger Free Weight Loss has many recipe ideas that will help you get more vegetable based calcium in your diet. Ideas that are designed to be Easy, Tasty, Healthy and Cheap!!!