Most women know they’re supposed to get a LOT of calcium. The National Institute of Health recommends 1000 mgs of calcium per day. That translates into over three glasses of milk per day, or two and a half cups of yogurt, or four and a half cups of broccoli.
The trouble is, that is way more than I am inclined to eat in a day, even if I were to have a combination of milk, yogurt, and broccoli servings over the course of a few meals.
Personally, I haven’t found a calcium supplement I like. They’re too sugary, they leave a bad taste in my mouth. I’d rather eat real food.
Therefore, I have invented a molasses latte. One tablespoon of blackstrap molasses contains 137 mg of calcium. If you combine that with milk, and other natural calcium sources throughout the day, you’ll get closer to that daily recommended amount. And given the average size of a latte today, you might even have two small, home-made ones, or perhaps you’re lucky enough to have a double-sized cup at home in which you can make a “tall” or “large” sized latte for yourself.
1/4 cup milk
6 oz. hot coffee
1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
pinch of dried ginger
Pour the milk into your coffee mug and warm it in the microwave. Top it off with fresh, hot coffee. Stir in the molasses. Add a pinch of ginger.
Molasses is also rich in iron, potassium and manganese, making it one of the more nutrient dense foods around. (That’s a good thing!)