Having a balanced alkaline/acid diet is critical for optimum health.
With proper balance in your body, you can look forward to:
- Elastic, youthful skin.
- Deeper, more restful sleep.
- Abundant physical energy.
- Good digestion.
- Less arthritis.
- Reduction of candida (yeast) overgrowth.
- Increased mental acuity, mental alertness.
- Legal natural high.
Creating that balance in our diet is challenging because all the quick, easy foods are acid-forming – like bread, cakes, hamburgers, etc.
What we all need are some alkaline-forming foods to add to our diet. Here are three recipes using alkaline-forming foods: lemons, millet, spinach and pumpkin seeds. All four are powerfoods too!
Seed Topping For Rice or Vegetables
This is a quick way to add some extra flavor to your grain or steamed vegetables or just for a snack. Also, pumpkin seed are the only seed that is alkaline forming.
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds*
1 – 2 tsp. tamari or soy sauce or Bragg Liquid Aminos
1. Dry roast seeds in frying pan.
2. Stir constantly until golden brown.
2. Remove from heat.
3. Add tamari or soy sauce or Braggs.
4. Sprinkle on top of rice or vegetables.
*You can use sunflower seeds instead; they are not alkaline-forming.
Lemon Water (AKA Sugar-free Lemon Aid)
The most alkaline-forming food you can eat is a lemon. Here is a simple way to get some quick alkalizing going into your body. Lemon juice has great digestive qualities so symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are often relieved. Lemons also help cleanse the body of toxins.
- 1 lemon
- Wash lemon well
- Cut lemon in half, horizontally
- Squeeze each half of a lemon
- Add to 2 – 4 cups of water. The lemon juice can be diluted more according to taste.
- Add stevia to taste.
Nutrition Tip: Fresh lemons are high vitamin C and dietary fiber. They also have vitamin B6, calcium, potassium, copper, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, iron and magnesium, and are low in calories.
To learn more about the health benefits of stevia click here: Sweet Benefits of Stevia
Another Lemon Recipe: Light Herb Lemon Oil Salad Dressing
How much lemon to drink:
For a weight of less than 150 pounds, 1 whole lemon a day.
For a weight of over 150 pounds, 2 whole lemons a day.
Power Spinach Salad
Greens are the highest alkaline-forming foods and they are full of vitamins A, K, and D. Adding spinach to your meal is an excellent way to alkalize your diet.
This very simple and tasty salad is full of powerfoods. Everyone I have served it to enjoys it very much.
- 1 pound fresh spinach
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- A few drops of stevia
- Tamari or Bragg Liquid Aminos to taste
- 1 avocado, diced
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, roasted until golden
- 2 mandarin orange sections
1. Wash and trim spinach; pat dry with paper towels.
2. Combine lemon juice, oil, stevia and Tamari or Braggs in large bowl; add avocado cubes, coating well with the dressing.
3. Toss spinach and walnuts with avocado and dressing.
4. Add mandarin orange sections and toss spinach salad again.
Millet: The Alkalizing Grain!
Millet is the only alkalizing grain and it provides many nutrients (15 percent protein), has a sweet nutty flavor and is considered to be one of the most digestible and non-allergenic grains available, and of course it is one of the powerfoods.
It can be a little tasteless. When I first discovered millet 35 years ago, what we did as hippies was to lightly toast it and that has made it a favorite grain of mine!
- 1 cup millet
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
1. Add millet to a pot with a tight-fitting lid.
2. Dry sauté on medium high heat till golden brown, stirring constantly.
5. OR (this only works on an electric stove) Cover with lid, bring to a boil and simmer for a few minutes, then turn off the heat.
6. Leave on electric stove burner that you have been cooking on with lid on (do not peek). Leave for 30 minutes; all the water will be absorbed (millet should be dry).
To discover all the health benefits of millet click here: Millet: Alkalizing Powerfood
Another great millet recipe: Millet and Buckwheat with Sunflower Seeds (not as alkaline)