Cows just eat grass yet they are seen as the main providers of calcium. Think this through logically and you’ll start to see why green leaves could be the key.
This morning I watched in wonder as my old friend Dexter munched on yet more grass. He loves it. He eats it every day, all day and never gets bored of it. The second I give him some more he gallops down the field with a happy neigh, hugely excited!
It got me thinking about how amazing it is that such a big creature can survive on grass and I was also musing over the cow providing calcium theory! When I came home and made my morning smoothie it was another reminder of just how much goodness their is in all things green! So why are we all brought up convinced that milk is the best way to get calcium!?
My smoothie had apples, kale, spinach and cucumber in it. It tasted delicious. More than that is was loaded with plenty of calcium and yet there was not a drop of cows milk in site.
One of my concerns when I entered into a vegan diet was where I would get all of my calcium from. Well it turns out that the masses of green leaves and green vegetables that I eat more than compensate for the calcium that I used to get from diary products.
Both Kale and spinach are great for providing calcium and they both have less fat and less calories than cows milk. For those of us who don’t get on well with cows milk this is a great relief. There are so many ways to get more kale and spinach into your diet.
1) Get your oven hot – pre heat to about 200 degrees.
2) Spread some kale out on a baking tray and sprinkle with salt
3) Put the tray in the hot oven for approximately 8-10 minutes or until the kale is crispy.
Enjoy your kale crisps!
You can also try replacing lettuce with spinach in sandwiches and salads…
Put it in smoothies…
Use it to accompany other meals…
Stir it into curry and other sauces…
Soon you will be just as excited about kale and spinach as Dexter is about grass…promise!