Calcium without Dairy

Davina Sandground of Nutrition Groove and I collaborated on a class today focusing on getting calcium through non-dairy sources.  Davinas sources for research on the subject include  The Nurses’ Health Study and the work of Dr Walter Willett. She began the class with the question– Did you know that the countries that consume the most dairy in the world also have the highest rates of osteoporosis?  Davina talked about the reasons and identified best sources of calcium to nurture strong bones including almonds, edamame, figs, blackstrap molasses, brown sesame seeds, wakame, bok choy, white beans, sardines, collard greens, wild salmon, hazelnuts…

Based on these foods I came up with easy recipes to eat throughout the day.  Below is what we cooked in class today, some are detailed recipes and some are lists of ingredients–


Carrot Muffin

½ c silken tofu pureed, ½ cup almond milk, ¼ cup molasses, ¼ cup date sugar, 3 tablespoons coconut butter softened, ½ cup almond meal, ½ cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup wheat bran, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 3 cups grated carrots, 1 cup coarsely chopped almonds, pinch salt

  1. Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Bake immediately in a 350 degree oven until they test clean, 10-20 minutes depending on the size.  Or refrigerate for up to 3 days before baking.

Calcium Shake Ingredients

Kale, almond milk, raw almond butter, orange, date, macca, brown sesame seeds, molasses, ice


Wakame Salad

½ ounce wakame dried, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon mirin, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ cup thinly sliced cucumber, ½ cup cooked Edamame white if possible

  1. Soak the wakame in a bowl covered with lukewarm water for 20 minutes, drain, chop and remove any hard bits.
  2. In a small bowl combine soy, vinegar, hone, mirin and salt.
  3. In a large bowl combine seaweed, sauce, cucumbers and edamame.
  4. Serve immediately or make in advance, chill and stir before serving.

Marinated Collard Green or Turnip Green Sesame Salad

Brown sesame seeds, cider vinegar, olive oil, honey, salt, pepper, turnip greens or collard greens julienned

  1. In a high speed blender combine sesame seeds, vinegar, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the turnips greens with the sesame mixture, taste and adjust the salt and pepper to taste.

Fig and Kale Salad

Fresh or dried figs if dried soak in water for 15 minutes and drain before using, roasted garlic, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, kale julienned

  1. In a high speed blender combine the figs, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the kale with the fig mixture, taste and adjust the salt and pepper to taste.

Baked White Beans with Molasses

4 cups cooked white beans, 1 cup very finely sliced onion, 1 clove garlic very finely chopped, 3 tomatoes chopped, ¼ cup molasses, 2 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon dried mustard, freshly ground black pepper, pinch nutmeg, pinch cinnamon, salt

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine beans, onion, garlic, tomato, molasses, honey, vinegar, mustard, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt.
  3. Place in a casserole dish and cover with tin foil.  Bake for 2 hours.


Sardines, Mustard, Bok Choy Salad

1 tablespoon grainy mustard, 1 ½ teaspoons sherry vinegar, 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste, 1 tin Sardines packed in water and drained, 1 medium head Bok Choy julienned

  1. In a large bowl wisk together the mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  2. Add bok choy and toss, add sardines toss and serve immediately.

Salmon Patty

1/2 cups cracked wheat, 1- 7.5 ounce can wild salmon with skin and bones, ¼ cup silken tofu processed with calcium sulfate, 2 teaspoons chopped chives, salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  1. Place cracked wheat in a bowl and cover with 1/2 cup boiling water, cover and let sit for 15 minutes.
  2. In a food processor combine half of the can of salmon, tofu and chives.  Process until smooth.
  3. Place cracked wheat, salmon mixture and remaining half can of salmon in a bowl and mix thoroughly.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Form into patties.
  5. Heat a heavy bottom skillet over medium heat, spray the skillet with grape seed oil spray.  Cook until browned on one side, flip and cook to brown on the other side.


Figs (fresh or dried) Stuffed with Chocolate and Hazelnuts

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