Dairy products are an excellent source of calcium, but they aren't the only game in town. You might have heard that leafy greens like collards and kale are high in calcium, but did you know edamame, okra and broccoli are too? From a dandelion and fig salad with almonds to skillet-roasted okra, here are nine tempting (and dairy-free!) recipes with calcium-rich vegetables.You may notice that spinach is missing from the list below. Although spinach is high in calcium, very little of it is absorbed by our bodies due to the vegetable's high levels of oxalic acid. So although spinach is a healthy, tasty green, don't count on it to fulfill your calcium needs.
Other non-dairy sources of calcium you can count on include white beans, molasses, canned fish with bones, and tofu made with nigari (magnesium chloride).
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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