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Vegan Sources of Calcium and a Few Calcium Rich Raw Recipes

green beans

If the number one question Vegans get asked is: “Where do you get your protein?”, then the number 2 question is: “Where do you get your calcium?”

So I decided to make a list of some Vegan sources of calcium and then came up with three simple calcium rich raw recipes.

Deciding to supplement or not is definitely something you will need to discuss with a qualified medical professional according to your needs and this article is not meant to substitute professional medical advice.

That being said, here is a list of some Vegan sources of calcium, according to

Excellent sources: spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens, collard greens

Very good sources: blackstrapp molasses, Swiss chard, kale, basil

Good sources: romaine lettuce, celery, broccoli, sesame seeds, cabbage, summer squash, green beans, garlic, Brussel sprouts, oranges, asparagus, leeks, crimini mushrooms, kelp

Go here for a  full list of  vegan and non-vegan calcium rich foods.

I would also like to add moringa powder to the list of excellent sources. If you haven’t heard of it yet you can look it up on wikipedia here.

I decided to whip up some really simple calcium rich raw recipes with the foods listed above. Then I looked up the calcium content in the USDA nutritional database to give you the total calcium content of each recipe. (With the exception of moringa powder where I used the formula of 601 mg of calcium per 30 grams using this chart and used the conversion of 8 grams = 1 rounded tablespoon moringa powder.)

Calcium Rich Recipes

Calcium Rich Smoothie

Blend the following until smooth:

2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice 55 mg
2 ripe medium bananas 12 mg
1 rounded tablespoon moringa powder 160 mg

Total Calcium Content: 227 mg

Calcium Rich Green Juice

Juice the following in a juicer that juices greens well such as the Omega 8006 or the Omega Vert

5 large stalks celery 130 mg
4 cups chopped collard greens 104 mg
1 bunch spinach 337 mg
5 medium apples 55 mg
1 lemon 22 mg

Total Calcium Content: 667 mg (estimate because the calcium values were for the foods before they were juiced)

Calcium Rich Fruit Salad

Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix well.

2 cups oranges peeled and chopped 144 mg
2 cups mangos peeled and chopped 36 mg
2 tablespoons ground sesame seeds 88 mg
1 tablespoon blackstrapp molasses 41 mg
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon 13 mg

Total Calcium Content: 322 mg

To put things into perspective here is a recommended daily allowance chart for calcium uptake:

1 – 3 years old     700 mg
4 – 8 years old     1,000 mg
9 – 13 years old     1,300 mg
14 – 18 years old     1,300 mg
19 – 30 years old     1,000 mg
31 – 50 years old     1,000 mg
51 – 70 years old     1,000 mg
51 – 70 year old females     1,200 mg
71+ years old     1,200     800
14 – 18 years old, pregnant/lactating     1,300 mg
19 – 50 years old, pregnant/lactating     1,000 mg

I personally put moringa powder in my smoothies, always have ground sesame seeds available to sprinkle on fruits, salads, soups . . . (etc.) or available to add to nut milks, drizzle blackstrapp molasses on porridges, fruit, or put it in my tea, and I drink at least 32-64 ounces of green juice everyday. You can also incorporate calcium rich greens into your green smoothies, salads, soups, or simply steam them.

Some other important things to know about calcium uptake, according to

– High intakes of sodium, caffeine, or protein cause an increase in the urinary excretion of calcium.

– Vitamin D accelerates the absorption of calcium from the gastrointestinal tract.

– While research studies confirm the ability of phytic acid and oxalic acid in foods to lower availability of calcium, the decrease in available calcium is relatively small.

For even more information about calcium intake on a Vegan diet I recommend you listen to this interview by Dr. Klaper MD.  The topic is: “Secrets to Preventing Osteoporosis”. He will discuss:

– Which foods put your bones at risk?
– When are x-rays and bone density tests deceptive?
– Which exercises keep your bones strong and which don’t?
– Besides calcium, which other nutrients are critical to strong bones?
– Does fluoridated water strengthen your bones or deteriorate them?
– The shocking “reverse correlation” between milk consumption and osteoporosis
– Why bone density test results are NOT a true indicator of osteoporosis

Normally, only students of The Vegetarian Health Institute have access to this interview. But I’ve arranged complimentary access for you too. To listen to the recording (or download it), click here now: *

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May 17, 2012   7 Comments

Green Smoothie Recipes – Mastering the Basics


I commonly get asked how to make green smoothie recipes that don’t taste, well, green. I can sometimes sense the fear in their voices, as if they are afraid to make a mistake and create a green mushy concoction that tastes like tar!

Okay so maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but there is definitely a little trepidation when it comes to taking the green smoothie plunge! I take a no holds barred anything goes approach to making green smoothie recipes, but there are a few basic guidelines I abide by to make sure that my husband will drink his every morning (i.e. it has to taste good!). To learn my green smoothie basics, so that you can take a tasty walk on the wild (greens) side, watch the video below and let me know what you think:

Click here if you can’t see the green smoothie recipes video above.

If you want to delve a little deeper into the art of green smoothie making consider checking out Cecilia’s Green Smoothie Challenge Recipe Ebook.

Have a Great Day!


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October 4, 2010   1 Comment

Wheatgrass Juice Recipe with Omega Vert

I made this amazing wheatgrass juice recipe with the Omega Vert Juicer after my friend Novalee brought me over a huge flat of wheatgrass. We were having some fun in the kitchen and made this short video of how to make a wheatgrass cooler. Both of us were surprised how good the juice tasted, because (truth be told) I’m not a fan of straight wheatgrass juice.  If you’re like me, and don’t like to chug wheatgrass straight up, you’ve got to try this winning  recipe!

Click here if you can’t see the video above

Wheatgrass Cooler

1 large cucumber or 2 medium cucumbers (Any variety will do but we used Armenian Cucumbers in the video)
1 peeled orange
1 apple
small handful fresh basil leaves
1 inch knob ginger
3 fistfuls of wheatgrass or desired amount

Juice all ingredients through the Omega Vert Juicer or another single auger style juicer. Enjoy!

*Best to drink juice on an empty stomach

Click here for more info on one of the most versatile juicers on the market, the Omega Vert!


September 22, 2010   6 Comments

How to Make Almond Milk and a Blueberry Carob Elixir

basket of blueberries

Chances are you already know how to make almond milk (if you’ve been around raw foods for awhile), but if you don’t, then enjoy this video where I show you how to make almond milk with my new favorite large 1 gallon nut milk bag! If you’re already an almond milk pro,  then fast forward to the end of the video where I show you how to make a blueberry carob almond milk elixir.

Click here if you can’t see the video

If videos don’t tickle your fancy, click here for step by step instructions with pictures on how to make almond milk.

And of course, click here for the best  nut milk bag on earth:) IMO

Blueberry Carob Elixir

1 cup almond milk
handful of blueberries
1 date pitted and chopped
1 teaspoon carob
1 teaspoon Maca powder
1 teaspoon blue green algae
seeds from 1 vanilla bean
pinch stevia powder

Blend in the blender until smooth for an antioxidant immune boosting pick me up!


Any good almond milk recipes you’d like to share? Please share them in the comments section. Thx!

September 2, 2010   2 Comments

How to Make a Green Juice with a Blender and a Sprout Bag

dandelion greens

Here’s a short video of me making a yummy green juice without a juicer. Juicing without a juicer is easy! If you don’t own a juicer you can still make delicious juices as long as you have a powerful blender such as a Vitamix and a trusty sprout bag.

 My body has been craving juices lately, perhaps it’s wanting to cleanse to get ready for  Spring. I also was inspired by Daniel Vitalis’ talk at Monday Night Live about eating dandelion greens.  Enjoy!

 Click here if you can’t see the video above 

 Click here for more info about juicing with  nylon sprout bags

*Raw Glow Blog Free Nylon Sprout Bag Giveaway*

Raw Glow is giving away one 12 by 12 sturdy nylon sprout bag as shown in the video. To enter all you have to do is answer this question in the comments section and I will choose a winner from the comments entered. The contest ends Mar. 10th, 2010.

  •  Question: What are some of the things you do in your everyday life to stay healthy? (Doesn’t just have to be limited to food)

Look forward to the answers!


March 1, 2010   22 Comments