I’m sure we all remember from chemistry in school learning about acid and alkaline. For us as humans the harmful acids and toxins are unsurprisingly things we would like to avoid.
All foods we eat once digested and metabolised release an acid or an alkaline into the bloodstream. Foods like meat, cheese, milk, salt, grains and fish are predominately acidic. If we consume too many products with high levels of acidity our body becomes acidic, alternatively the more alkaline products we consume our body becomes alkaline. Alkaline is proven to be a much more functional environment with many benefits. Did you know that you can absorb up to 20% more oxygen if you are alkaline than if you are acidic.
You can test whether you are predominately acidic or alkaline with a simple test which you can use many times for just £10. Our blood is very slightly alcohol at a pH level of between 7.35-7.45, eating more alkaline foods should help to make the body slightly alkaline, just like the blood. Clearly we all eat food which produce acid there is no getting away from that I am just recommending decreasing these types of foods and start to add more natural foods to your diet.
Alkaline diets avoid processed foods and things like that and focus on things such as fresh fruit, vegetables, roots and nuts. You may think that making a meal out of these ingredients may be tough or just plain boring. This is not the case. Also eating more alkaline foods is linked to having more energy and reduced chance of getting common illnesses.
Here are 5 different alkalising recipes to give you some extra ammo in the kitchen:
Tasty Tropical Smoothie
Smoothies are great, I love having a smoothie and packing loads of great fruit and vegetables into an easy to make delicious drink. Here is a great smoothie recipe for you to try. Perfect after an intense training session, or sometimes for breakfast if you haven’t got much time.
200g cubed mango
100g pineapple chunks
½ a lemon
1 kiwi fruit
½ a lime
2 tablespoons dessicated coconut
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
300 ml almond milk
200g crushed ice
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
Blend all ingredients until smooth and enjoy.
Makes 2‐3 servings.
This meal is great for breakfast, or can be used as a sweet desert. It’s great looking and tastes great. Brings a bit of fun into eating fruit.
½ cantaloupe, chopped into chunks
½ honeydew melon, chopped into chunks
½ pineapple, chopped into chunks
1 mango, diced
Juice of half a lemon
Freshly grated nutmeg
Place the fruity chunks on the skewers as you like, drizzle with lemon juice and grate the nutmeg over to taste.
You can make 4 delicious servings out of this recipe, great to take to work to avoid the temptation of unhealthy snacks for your lunch.
1 crushed garlic clove
1lite vegetable stock
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon parsley
200g sliced carrots
200g broccoli florets
200g cauliflower florets
100g frozen peas
100g chipped green beans
Place the garlic, vegetable stock, onion, extra virgin olive oil and vegetables in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer for a further 15-20 minutes, ensure the vegetables have softened.
Turn off the heat and add the parsley and season with salt and pepper before serving.
Perfectly Grilled Pepper Salad
1 yellow pepper
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 orange pepper
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons black olives
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
175g mixed salad leaves
Slice peppers into quarters and remove the seeds. Brush lightly with oil and grill skin side up until they begin to brown, once slightly charred cut into strips and place in a bowl with the basil leaves and olives.
Separately mix the oil and vinegar together, place the peppers in the dressing and serve over the mixed salad for a great healthy salad.
Kebabs? Yes kebabs, not the type you get from your local fast food on the high street. These are healthy detox friendly kebabs, great to cook, even better to eat!
1 stalk romaine lettuce
1 portobello mushroom
200g cherry tomatoes
½ fresh pineapple
3-4 mini red potatoes
½ red onion
1 tablespoon fresh cumin
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 whole lemon
Extra virgin olive oil
Soak Portobello mushroom in water for thirty minutes.
On kebab skewer add tomatoes, Potato Slices, Red Onion, and Portobello in bite-sized chunks
Cut the romaine vertically in half
Drizzle a teaspoon or two of extra virgin olive oil on the romaine and spice it to taste with salt and pepper.
Add Portobello and Onion to the grill.
Place Romaine flat-side down on grill and let sit until it gets browned on one side.
In bowl, mix together lemon juice, cumin, cayenne pepper, and parsley
Use romaine as a bed for the kebabs and drizzle dressing of Lemon juice and spices on top.
Can be enjoyed hot or cold
So there I have for you 5 Great healthy recipes, none of them are too challenging to make and these foods are more alkaline to hopefully help to prevent our bodies from becoming acidic. Healthy eating is a fundamental aspect of a healthy life and eating healthy definitely doesn’t mean that your meals are boring.
As a personal trainer I offer diet advice to all of my clients and after a while healthy eating will become second nature, you regain control of your health and can lead a much healthier life.
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