The alkaline diet consists of consuming foods that don’t produce acids which are harmful to the body. The expectation is that by consuming certain foods or drinking certain kinds of drinks, you will improve the body’s acid content, often called its pH levels. On a scale of 0 to 14, the pH scale determines how acidic or basic anything is. An alkaline material is one that is on the simple end of the scale, or one that is greater than 7.
The alkaline diet is a way of eating that incorporates fresh fruits and vegetables in order to retain a healthy pH level in the body. It's based on the theory that the food we consume affects the pH of our bodies, rendering them more acidic or alkaline. Furthermore, maintaining an alkaline body is said to have many other advantages. The diet promises to help you lose weight, increase your stamina, and avoid diseases such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Alkaline foods are also recommended for their cancer-fighting qualities.
We’ve put together three alkaline friendly recipes that are full of nutritious goodness and will have your energy going through the roof.
Savoury Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl
This recipe is vegan, dairy free and yummy to boot! It’s duper easy to make and a savoury way to prepare sweet potatoes for breakfast, which are high in complex carbohydrates to fuel your energy throughout the day.
- 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic (about two cloves)
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 8-ounce can sweet potato puree or 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
- 3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
- In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat until glistening.
- Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add spinach and sauté until wilted, 1 minute more.
- Scoop sweet potatoes into a bowl -- if you'd like these warmed, transfer to a small sauté pan and heat for 30-60 seconds over medium heat until warmed through.
- Top sweet potatoes with spinach, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and salt and pepper to taste.
High Protein Spinach and Rice Balls
These spinach and rice protein balls are easy and pleasant to make, as well as being a nice way to get your veggies in – so much so that the kids will enjoy them too! They freeze well, so you might like to prepare them ahead of time, freeze them, and then bake them whenever you like. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, they're a good source of protein and iron.
To Make Part One:
- 4 1/2 cups spinach leaves
- 1/3 cup pitted Greek olives
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
To Make Part Two:
- 1 1/4 cup cooked rice
- 1/2 cup ground almonds
- 1/2 cup chickpea flour
To Serve Over:
- Preheat your oven to 360°F.
- Add all ingredients from part 1 into a food processor and blend.
- Transfer the mixture into a large bowl and mix in the ingredients from part 2. Mix together well until you get a nice dough like texture. If it's too wet, add a little bit more chickpea flour. Don't taste it now as uncooked chickpea flour is very bitter. Add pepper to taste as well if you like.
- Create roughly 12 balls with your hands (it's a bit messy but fun) and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Put into the preheated oven and bake for 20 - 25 min (probably 20 min will do, you can check by tasting one of them - if there is no bitter taste to it then it's perfect).
- Serve over cashew sour cream or coconut yogurt.
Broccoli Mushroom Rotini Casserole
This recipe is dairy free, vegan and contains a good dose of healthy carbohydrates.
For the Casserole:
- 1 cup of broccoli
- 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
- 3 large cloves of garlic
- 16 ounces whole wheat rotini, elbows or spirals
- 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- Paprika, to garnish
- White pepper, to garnish
- Herbamare or salt, to garnish
For the Cheesy Sauce:
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1/4 cup cashews
- 1 large clove of garlic
- 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
- 5 teaspoon brown rice miso paste
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add salt if desired. Cook rotini or spirals for about 6 minutes just until al dente (do not overcook).
- Pulse broccoli, mushrooms, onions and garlic separately in a food processor (unless you have a very large one) until broken into tiny pieces. Add to a large wok or sauté pan and cook for 7 minutes until soft. Add a little water or vegetable broth as necessary to cook.
- Blend cheesy sauce ingredients and taste test. Adjust seasonings if desired with more salt, pepper or smoked paprika.
- Drain rotini and add to sauté pan. Pour over sauce or combine in a large pot if you don’t have a lot of room. Toss to coat.
- Pour into a large casserole pan. Top with panko breadcrumbs and smoked paprika.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
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