When you first discover the alkaline diet and its many benefits – from great levels of energy and vitality to its anti-aging properties, great digestion, disease prevention and a general uplift in health – the natural question is “Where can I find alkaline diet recipes?”
The refreshing answer is that many recipes and meals that you already know and enjoy can be made more alkaline by making some simple substitutions of foods that are alkaline.
Following the alkaline diet means swapping acidic foods like meat, dairy, refined sugars and fats and other processed foods for alkaline foods such as vegetables, leafy greens, some fruits and nuts and seeds.
So for example, you can make an alkaline version of spaghetti Bolognese by swapping the minced beef for brown lentils, swapping the jar of processed Bolognese tomato sauce for a home-made version containing tomatoes, herbs and spices, some flax oil, onions and a few other unprocessed, natural ingredients blended together and swapping the durum wheat spaghetti for raw courgette noodles made with a vegetable specialize.
Another fantastic alkaline diet recipe that is so good it’s hard to believe it’s healthy for you is alkaline banana ice cream: You simply take a bunch of over-ripe bananas, peel them, cut them up into chunks and freeze them. Then when you want to eat the ice cream, take 10 or so of the frozen chunks, blend them in your high-speed blender with a little coconut or almond milk and a teaspoon of mica (a calciferous root vegetable super-food that tastes a little malt-like) if you wish. You could also add some vanilla extract or lucuma powder (custard-tasting super food) to make it more ‘creamy’. Simple, healthy, delicious! It’s truly hard to believe that this ice cream recipe has no dairy in it and the consistency is just like proper ice cream.
A question that is asked a lot is whether or not fruits are alkaline. The simple answer is that it depends: As long as fruits are eaten alone, before any other slower-digesting foods and in the context of an overall vegetable-based diet, then they complement this and help to alkalize your body. If they are not combined properly then they can ferment and cause acidification. So it’s good to inform yourself about optimum food combining protocols.
A good rule of thumb for making recipes alkaline is to keep them as unprocessed as possible – raw, natural ingredients are best – and by substituting meat and dairy products for vegetables and beans, pulses and nuts and seeds.
Some simple swaps you can easily make alkalize your diet and body: Coconut milk for dairy milk; steamed vegetables for rice, pasta and bread; pulses for meat; fruits for refined sugar products; water and herbal teas for coffee, soda and alcohol.