Sprinkling seeds on top of any dish delivers that much needed crunch, but don’t let the size of them fool you—many seeds are loaded with essential nutrients, including calcium. Just 1 ounce (or 2 tablespoons) of toasted sesame seeds, for example, packs a whopping 280 mg of calcium. The same amount of ever-popular chia seeds will get you 179 mg.
While nuts, seeds, whole grains, soy isolates, and beans do contain phytic acid, which also binds to calcium, its ability to mess with absorption widely varies or doesn’t have a noticeable effect. For this reason, the NIH still counts these foods toward your calcium intake—just make sure to eat a wide variety of them if you’re dairy-free!