It has long been marketed that dairy products are the best source of calcium. Although that claim has helped the dairy industry be successful, it may not be the healthiest choice for you. Continue reading to find out what plant based foods are rich in calcium...

Dairy Free Calcium Rich Foods


Calcium is an important mineral for bone and teeth health. It also plays a role in disease prevention, cardiovascular health and balancing your body’s PH levels.

It has long been marketed that dairy products are the best source of calcium. Although that claim has helped the dairy industry in their success, it may not be the healthiest choice for you. Most dairy products contain hormones, antibiotics and are inflammatory therefore having more of a negative effect on your body than “doing it good”.

Calcium is actually taken from our bones to neutralize acid levels when dairy is consumed making weaker (not stronger, as advertised) bones. Also, most people have a dairy allergy or sensitivity making it difficult to digest.

So, if we know we need calcium and dairy products aren’t our healthiest choice in which to get it, then what foods should we choose?


Chia & Sesame Seeds

  • these little guys pack a punch of calcium along with healthy fats, protein and fibre
  • get more in your day by sprinkling them on your salad, oatmeal, hummus, veggies or in your smoothie
  • use tahini (sesame seed paste) to make sauces and dressings like the one in this Lentil Veggie Power Bowl


Kale & Bok Choy

  • dark leafy greens are an amazing way to get calcium because they are also full of vitamin K which helps your body absorb calcium more effectively.
  • Kale and Bok Choy top the list when it comes to calcium - start your day off right with this delicious Kale Apple Smoothie


  • almonds are extremely high in calcium.
  • Simply snack on some raw, put them on your salad or in your oatmeal, or spread almond butter on an apple, pear or banana


  • oranges are full of calcium and vitamin C – a perfect combo for optimal calcium absorption as well as keeping your immune system and skin healthy.
  • You will get the most health benefits from eating a whole orange instead of drinking orange juice – less sugar and more fibre for better energy and keeping you feeling full.

I would love to hear from you! 

Do you get your calcium from sources other than dairy? What are your favourite plant based, calcium rich foods? Let me know in the comments below...


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