The Best Dairy-Free Ways to Get More Calcium #5: Molasses

Molasses is one of those foods you can't help but love. Any time I eat molasses, it reminds me of the days of my childhood when we would snack on molasses toast.  Thankfully, it's not just delicious, but supremely nutritious as well! A single tablespoon of blackstrap molasses (a darker, richer, aged version of molasses) contains 172 milligrams of calcium, roughly 17% of your Daily Value. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Source: livingwithgastroparesis.com[/caption] But the benefits don't stop at just calcium, as molasses is an AMAZING source of iron. Iron is needed for the production of red blood cells, and increasing iron consumption can improve circulation and oxygen uptake in the body. One of my favorite things about molasses: it's a healthy sweetener! A tablespoon of molasses contains fewer calories than a tablespoon of sugar, and will not impact your blood sugar as much. Thanks to the minerals and nutrients in the molasses, it's one of the healthiest sweeteners to have in your home--next to the honey and natural maple syrup, of course!  
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Resources: http://greatist.com/health/18-surprising-dairy-free-sources-calcium
 

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