It’s official, eating a healthy Alkaline Diet keeps you away from the doctor. The alkaline diet is one of the healthiest diets you can follow for good health. This diet is based upon more alkaline-forming foods than acid-forming foods or neutral foods. Actually, this is what the famous 70/30 alkaline diet rule is all about; 70 percent alkaline-forming foods and 30 percent acid-forming foods or neutral foods.
Why The Alkaline Diet Promotes Good Health
According to health experts, bacteria and viruses are some of the most common causes of diseases. Yet these disease risk factors need specific pH environments to grow and thrive. In other words, they grow best around a neutral pH environment, even though some can do well in high pH environments. We call those “acidophiles”.
A neutral pH environment is characterized by negative acidity and alkalinity. In other words, it’s neither acidic nor alkaline. A high pH level is characterized by high acidity and low or zero alkalinity.
Nonetheless, the acidity vs alkalinity balance in the body is determined by the types of food we eat. Nonetheless, all the foods we eat can be grouped according to their pH scales. Speaking of which, we have acidic foods, alkaline foods, and neutral foods. Acidic foods will increase the body’s acidity level whereas alkaline foods will do the exact opposite. That is to say, they will lower the body’s acidic level and increase its alkalinity level. Meanwhile, neutral foods will neither raise nor lower the body’s acidity or alkalinity levels. Just as the name suggests, their effects on the body are neutral.
Thus the alkaline diet promotes good health by providing alkaline foods. As said earlier, these foods generally raise the body’s alkalinity level. This creates an unfavorable environment for disease-causing pathogens to survive, leading to great health.
Examples of Alkaline-Forming Foods
Just as their name implies, these are foods that contain alkaline-forming substances that can raise the body’s pH level, leading to increased alkalinity. They include but are not limited to the following;
- Vegetables e.g kale, broccoli, beets, cucumber, radishes, rutabagas, turnips, sweet potatoes, and yams.
- Some whole grains such as barley, wheat, and alfalfa grasses.
- Fruits such as avocados, bananas, cantaloupe, figs, lemons, honeydew, limes, and watermelon.
Examples of Acidic-Forming Foods
Just as you may think, acid-forming foods lead to increased acidity in the body. They include but are not limited to the following:
- Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
- Some nuts such as cashews, walnuts, and pecans.
- Unsprouted beans.
- Citrus fruits and juices.
- Processed grains.
- Soft carbonated drinks.
- Red meat.
- Cheese and other dairy products.
- Coffee and other caffeinated drinks.
Examples of Neutral Foods
These are neither alkaline-forming nor acid-forming foods. Foods with a pH of 7 are very rare even though they include;
- Raw cow’s milk.
- Raw cream.
- Unsalted, fresh butter.
- Margarine and most cooking oils.
Strawberry Coco Chia Quinoa Breakfast
Strawberry coco chia quinoa is a delicious alkaline-diet-based delicacy. Suitable for a light yet filling breakfast, this recipe consists of 70% acidic ingredients and 30% alkaline plus neutral ingredients. Plus, it’s so easy to make that you only need to follow two very easy steps.
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What You Will Need for a 4 Servings Strawberry Coco Chia Quinoa Breakfast Recipe
i. Total time: 25 minutes(prep time;5 minutes + cook time; 20 minutes).
ii. Recipe yields: 4 strawberry cocoa chia quinoa breakfast servings.
What You Will Need
i. A fine sieve.
ii. A medium saucepan with a lid.
iii. A source of heat.
iv. 4 serving bowls.
i. 3 tbsp. cocoa powder.
ii. 1 cup dry quinoa.
iii. 3 tbsp. Maple syrup or agave nectar/syrup.
iv. 1-2/3 cups divided non-dairy-milk of choice. N/B: You may use almond milk, hemp milk, rice milk, or soy milk.
v. 1 cup water.
vi. 2 cups quartered strawberries.
vii. 1 tsp. vanilla extract.
viii. 1/4 cup mini vegan chocolate chips(optional).
ix. 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, regular or toasted coconut chips/flakes.
x. A pinch of salt or more to taste.
Step 1: Cook the quinoa plus the corresponding ingredients;
i. Rinse the quinoa with the sieve.
ii. Then, add the rinsed quinoa to the saucepan.
iii. Next, add 1 cup water and 1 cup non-dairy milk to the pan.
iv. Similarly, add the vanilla extract, the syrup, and the salt to the pan.
v. Now, turn on the burner(your source of heat).
vi. Put the saucepan on heat and bring its content to a boil.
vii. Once the content starts boiling, lower the heat to medium and let the content simmer while covered for about 15 minutes.
Step 2: Finalize the cooking;
i. Once the quinoa is creamy and has absorbed all of the liquid, stir in the remaining 2/3 cups non-dairy milk, the cocoa powder together with the extra sweetener to taste(if you like).
Step 3: Serve and enjoy while still warm;
i. Divide the quinoa between the four serving bowls.
ii. Top each bowl with coconut flakes, berries, and vegan chocolate chips(if desired).
iii. Enjoy the meal!
Following the alkaline diet can be a great way to live a healthy, quality life. This diet helps keep disease-causing microbes away from your body, safeguarding you against various diseases. If you want to start the diet, strawberry cocoa chia quinoa can be a great way to begin. This delicacy is very easy to prepare. All you need is the above recipe, making sure to adjust the quantities of your ingredients according to the number of servings you wish to achieve.