The alkaline diet has been all the rage in Hollywood recently, and proponents have claimed such impressive results as weight loss and lowered risk of chronic diseases. How does it work? What can you eat? What should you avoid?
The alkaline ash diet a.k.a. acid ash diet sounds unappetizing. Despite its name, this method promotes eating food that influences the body’s acid-base homeostasis, or pH levels, to improve the body’s health. It limits the intake of acid forming food, processed food, and refined sugars, all believed to cause inflammation within the body which increases the risk of heart and chronic diseases as well as weight gain.
Although science has yet to prove the effectiveness of alkaline diet, its restrictions promote better health overall. This plant-based, nutrient-rich, low calorie diet avoids meat, saturated fat, and sodium. It naturally slims down the body, boosts energy, strengthens the immune system, and makes the skin glow.
Some of the top alkaline foods include delicious items such as garlic, mustard greens, avocado, figs, ginseng, apple cider vinegar, almonds, pumpkin seeds, green tea, and tomatoes.
For those who love a pulled pork sandwich washed down with a pint of beer, kiss goodbye to that favourite indulgence. It is the antithesis of the alkaline diet, due to its acid forming properties such as lard, butter, peanut butter, pasta, bread, beef, pork, potatoes, beer, and liquor.
The alkaline diet is probably one of the most challenging diet out there today because of its extensive restrictions. We have three easy and quick recipes for two that will let you enjoy your meals without worry, and ensuring that you get your fill of alkaline forming ingredients.
Eggplant Rolls – Alkaline Diet
Delicious and quick to make, eggplant rolls are perfect as an appetizer or a light lunch.
- Eggplant 100 g.
- Salt 1 g.
- Oregano 1 g.
- Olive oil 10 g.
- Cut the eggplant lengthwise into long, thin slices approximately a quarter of an inch thick.
- Lightly sprinkle salt and oregano on all eggplant pieces front and back and leave for 10 minutes.
- Lightly coat eggplant pieces with olive oil and place on a hot skillet over medium-high heat; flip over when eggplant turns lightly brown, approximately 2 minutes per side.
- Remove the eggplant from the skillet, roll width-wise and enjoy.
Mixed Herbs & Couscous – Alkaline Diet
A refreshing and filling salad that is tasty and energising.
- Couscous – 150g
- Powdered ginger – 3 g.
- Chopped lemongrass – 2 g.
- Curry powder – 1 g.
- Vegetable stock – 100 g.
- Lime juice – 30 g.
- Feta cheese – 20 g.
- Parsley – 1 g.
- Heat vegetable stock in a pot over medium-high heat until simmer.
- Add couscous, lower the heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes.
- Fluff couscous with a fork when done; add ground ginger, chopped lemongrass, curry powder, lime juice, and parsley; stir until mixed.
- Sprinkle feta cheese on top and serve warm.
Vegetable Stuffing – Alkaline Diet
A savoury treat perfect as a light dinner.
- Cubed baby leek – 20 g.
- Cubed tomatoes – 40 g.
- Whipping cream – 40 g.
- Soy sauce – 5 g.
- Oregano – 1 g.
- Salt – 1 g.
- Cook cubed baby leek and cubed tomatoes in a plan over medium heat and stir for 3 minutes.
- Add whipping cream and continue stirring until completely cooked.
- Season with soy sauce, oregano and salt to taste and serve warm.