Feel and look amazing eating a more alkaline diet every day! To help you get some healthy meal ideas and an idea about what the alkaline diet looks like, I’m sharing these fresh, delicious and healthy alkaline diet recipes. The list includes alkaline recipes for dinner, lunch and breakfast, smoothies, vegan alkaline diet recipes and some alkaline diet recipes with meat and fish. They do exist, yes.
You’ve heard eating this way will help you glow from the inside like a luminescent jellyfish soaring through deep waters. You’ve heard it might also make you immortal like this other type of jellyfish and that’s quite fascinating. I think the conclusion is very clear. Following the alkaline diet will turn you into a jellyfish. And yes, me and Turritopsis dohrnii are like that (I’m putting my fingers together). As you can tell, I am an expert on jellyfishes because I watched this one documentary with my 4-year old nephew. Highly educated and very pretty, I might add. Spends a lot of time at home. Tinder profile – check.
How’s that for pseudoscience, Wikipedia?
So, I’m pretty frustrated because, wherever I looked on the internets about alkaline diet and alkaline diet recipes it always goes like: Pseudoscience, bad science, misinformation (just had to!)…Bad bad bad. You go to pubmed and look through, not that much misinformation after all. Here’s what the alkaline diet is good for.
What’s The Alkaline Diet Good For
Whatever we eat is broken down in our body into smaller molecules that we absorb to feed our cells and to basically stay alive. Whenever you eat too many animal products or grains, your body metabolizes them to different types of acids. Whenever you eat fruits and vegetables your body gets a good amount of potassium that helps neutralize that acid.
Now, I believe the bad rep for the alkaline diet comes from claims that it actually makes your cells more alkaline, or even your blood. And that’s simply not true. In general different parts of your body have different pH (e.g. stomach is acidic). Specifically, the pH of blood is very tightly regulated, because if it’s not we’d probably die every time we eat a high-protein meal. No matter what you eat, your blood will keep the same pH. It is that important for life! (source) What will change though is the pH of your urine.
So, how does the body keep the same blood pH all the time? Why does it not spike like our glucose levels after we eat sugar? Well, body’s got some tricks. Like for example, if you eat a cheeseburger, your body will break that down to sulfuric acid. If you don’t eat some salad with it to provide the right amount of netralizing potassium, the body pulls neutralizing ions from different tissues. Like calcium from your bones or nitrogen from your muscles. These bind to the acid, making it less harmful and this netralized acid is then excreted by your kidneys.
That’s the way it works. But what would we expect if this happens a lot? That’s right: weak muscles and crappy bones. So, that’s the main areas, shown by science, where alkaline diets can help. Alkaline diets are shown to:
- help preserve muscle mass in older people possibly preventing falls and fractures (source)
- alkaline diets might also be of importance for older adults because with age renal function isn’t as good
- alkaline diets are rich in magnesium, which is essential and required for the function of many enzymes
- an improved potassium to sodium ratio which results from an alkaline diet can be beneficial for bone, renal, cardiovascular and cognitive health (source)
As for all the other health claims about the alkaline diet…Think about it. If a diet tells you to eat more fruits and vegetables…what would that do for your health? Would it be good or bad? I think it would be good. Pseudoscience or not, prioritizing fruits, vegetables and herbs will provide your body with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and help reduce chronic inflammation.
Vegan Alkaline Recipes To Add To Your Diet
Best Green Smoothie
This delicious green smoothie is loaded with alkaline foods like spinach, peaches, bananas and cucumbers. It’s so refreshing and probably my favorite smoothie recipe to make when peaches are in season!
Detox Quinoa Salad
A nourishing quinoa salad with lots of fresh flavors coming from herbs like parsley and basil, the onions and some olives for the saltiness. It’s an energizing healthy lunch idea.
Vegan Breakfast Toasts
I love these vegan breakfast toasts! They’re loaded with chickpeas, spinach, artichokes and some herbs, just so good. Serve on bread of choice, or for a low-calorie, low carb and more alkaline option – choose lettuce.
Sweet Potato Black Bean Bowls
Black beans are rich in both – fiber and protein, and these bowls provide the right ingredients to balance the flavor and acid load. With spicy roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower, cucumbers and an avocado mash this meal is healthy and tastes so good!
Broccoli Lentil Soup
Simple broccoli and red lentil soup that you can make in about half an hour! It’s full of spices and flavor! Great for lunch or dinner.
Chia pudding is a super easy breakfast that you can make ahead and enjoy topped with your favorite fruit! Add some bananas for sweetness, blueberries and you’ll be so happy you invested those 2 minutes into making this breakfast pudding the night before.
Spicy Mediterranean Lunch Bowls
I love power bowls and this one is definitely a favorite! Season the chickpeas, make the hummus and pair it all with a tasty fresh salad and some avocado. This is a perfectly balanced healthy meal that you will want to eat again and again.
Tomato Garlic Chickpea Salad
You can make this flavorful lunch salad in about 10 minutes using canned chickpeas and vegetables like tomatoes, arugula and bell pepper.
Another green smoothie I would drink every day! This one is loaded with kale, apples, strawberries, bananas and lettuce.
Tomato Avocado and Arugula Salad
A simple, super fresh summer salad with basil, arugula, cucumbers, avocado and tomatoes to make you feel great from the inside out!
Quinoa Lettuce Wraps
You’ll love these light lettuce wraps – they’re easy to make, they taste amazing and are so good for you!
Alkaline Recipes With Meat and Fish
Salmon Lettuce Wraps
This is one of my favorite recipes on this blog! It’s light, it’s loaded with flavor and fresh and stir-fried vegetables and it’s satiating!
Mashed Avocado Chicken Salad
A healthier, more flavorful spin on chicken salad! No mayonnaise, but a lot of other things and they all happen to be good for you!
Anti-Inflammatory Chicken Cauliflower Soup
This homemade chicken soup is filled with anti-inflammatory ingredients like ginger, cauliflower, black pepper and turmeric. And it tastes wonderful!
Avocado Egg Chicken Salad
The perfect lunch idea if you like chicken and avocado! This salad is simple and really good for you!
What To Eat On The Alkaline Diet
In general, to keep the acid load of your diet low, you want to consume more fruits and vegetables and more plant-based sources of protein since those sources also come with acid-neutralizing molecules.
Some of the top alkaline foods to eat include:
- sweet potato
- swiss chard
To sum it up, make sure whenever you’re having a protein-rich meal, balance it out with a good serving of fruits and vegetables!