First, I am so impressed with your weight loss! That's terrific... Thanks for the "shake the carton" tip. I didn't know. I like yogurt a lot, but I'm on a low carb eating plan and it's just too many carbs. I won't eat the fake sugar, so that's out. It is hard to get enough calcium, so I do take a supplement, but I do what I can with food.
Remember that when you drink almond or soy milk, you're actually taking a calcium supplement. Those foods have very little natural calcium. That's better than no calcium at all, but it's not necessarily better than a no-calorie calcium tablet. Also, make sure to shake the carton for several seconds before you use it every time. Because it's added, the calcium tends to precipitate out. If you don't shake it every time, you're not getting anything close to the amount of calcium you think, and you're throwing most of it out with the carton.
If you don't have a dairy allergy, lowfat milk, yogurt, etc are better sources.Since you're getting a significant amount of protein and of other minerals and B vitamins as well as the calcium, those calories are worth it. (Skim milk has 80-90 calories per cup, with a lot more protein than almond milk.) Also google "calcium in vegetables" and "calcium in grains." Some veggies are very good sources, but I can't remember which ones off the top of my head.
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Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk has only 30 calories per cup and 45% of your DV of calcium per cup. That's pretty darn good if you ask me and its tasty too! I make protein smoothies with it for a really filling snack.
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