5 Alkaline Foods: Restoring Your Body’s pH

Nutrition is something I have always been greatly interested in. In college, I devoted more time into learning about nutrition, than I think I did in any other course of culinary school. I went on to study nutrition a lot further and something I preach to everyone I know is the importance of balancing your body’s pH.

Our body’s are made up of mostly water, so it only makes sense that our pH should be more alkaline rather than acidic. Eating certain foods, drinking certain beverages and taking certain medications and drugs can affect your pH. Some things that cause an acidic body are sugary sodas, processed cheese from Nacho cheese dispensers, meats and especially processed meats, like hot dogs and bacon and dairy products. In order to balance our body, we must eat and drink alkaline foods. It’s more likely for sickness and disease to wreak havoc on your body if it is acidic. I’m going to share with you five foods that are alkaline that can be added to your daily diet to balance out acid and improve your overall wellness.

#5 Cabbage

CabbageCabbage is a great alkaline vegetable to incorporate in your diet. It’s pretty economical and can be prepared in many ways that are simple and delicious. Cook chopped cabbage in a slow cooker, covered in vegetable broth, salt, pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes for a delicious healthy side dish.

#4 Spinach

SpinachPopeye wasn’t playing around when he ate his spinach. He must have been topping the pH charts. Fresh spinach is probably top 3 most alkaline vegetables. It is perfect for a salad. Toss fresh spinach with toasted walnuts, dried cherries and some feta cheese for an easy dinner and healthy meal.

#3 Lemon

Now, I know lemon is an acidic fruit but surprisingly it is great for balancing pH. To make water alkaline, squeeze a wedge into a glass and drink this daily. It restores your pH and cleanses you from the inside out to help you stay vibrant.

#2 Cucumbers

Did you know that cucumbers are actually a part of the melon family? Cucumbers are mostly made up of water which makes them highly alkaline. A great way to make a creative snack with cucumbers, is to cut a cucumber into 1 inch slices, spoon out the center half way to create a a cup. Fill the cup with hummus or guacamole for a portable snack or a fun party appetizer.

#1 Raspberries

RaspberriesRaspberries are highly alkaline. They are worth introducing to your diet and although they aren’t as tasty out of season, you can purchase them frozen, blend with juice and yogurt in a blender to make a splendid smoothie. Adding ground, rolled oats makes this perfect for a morning meal replacement.

There are many fruits and vegetables that go way beyond this list but they are readily available and a good kick start to replenishing your pH. Refreshing your body and being aware of the input, will allow you to have a more lively output, and make sure to check out this weed identifier app before starting to grow you own garden.

Thai Quinoa Burger

Quinoa, pronounced ˈkēnwä, is a wonderful grain that I love to eat often. Quinoa is a great alternative to rice and is a fulfilling element to any meal. Ten years ago, you never heard about quinoa. These days, you hear about quinoa everywhere. It’s like the popular, new kid in school. It’s all the rage. Therefore I’ve been experimenting with quinoa a lot recently. One thing I came up with is quinoa burger. It’s a vegetarian Quinoaand it’s satisfying. Don’t get me wrong, I love a juicy, cheeseburger but these are fantastic when you’re taking a break on meat or if you’re trying to please the vegetarians in your life.

My sister in-law is a vegetarian and has been for several years now. I created this recipe for a a contest at my culinary school and she was my muse. Every time we go to a restaurant, her options seem to be pretty limited. She usually settles for a salad or a black bean burger. There just aren’t a lot of options for the growing number of vegetarians out there. So, I present you with a lovely, vegetarian masterpiece. The texture is wonderful. The Thai flavors are spicy and fresh. Peanuts, carrots cilantro and a spicy aioli make this quinoa burger an overall win, in my book. For the record, for those who don’t know, aioli is just a fancy word for a flavored mayonnaise. I know we fancy restaurants had us all fooled for so long but the cats out of the bag. The quinoa stays moist while acquiring a crispy outer crust when cooked. It’s a satisfying choice for anyone.

Ingredients

Preparation time: 25 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total: 35 minutes

-Patty

• 2 cups prepared quinoa
• 1 cup canned garbanzo beans
• ½ medium yellow onion; chopped
• 2 egg whites; beaten
• 1 tbsp red curry paste
• 2 tsp brown sugar or honey
• 1 tbsp soy sauce
• ¼ tsp fresh chili paste
• 1 tsp green onion; sliced
• 2 cloves garlic
• salt and pepper; to taste

-Spicy aioli

• 2 tsp sriracha
• ¼ cup mayo

-Additional Ingredients/ Toppings

• Hamburger buns, the most important part! I used whole wheat.
• shredded carrots
• fresh spinach
• crushed peanuts
• cilantro
• cucumber

-Prepare quinoa according to package directions.

-In a food processor, combine all patty ingredients and pulse until blended.

-Form patties into a burger shape. This recipe should yield about 4 patties.

-Heat a skillet on medium heat; spray with non-stick cooking spray.

-Add patties to the heated pan and allow to cook 3-4 minutes on each side. Do not over crowd the pan.

-While the patties cook, prepare your spicy aioli just by mixing the two ingredients until blended. You can add more or less sriracha depending on the level of heat you prefer.

-Once the patties are cooked, removed from heat and assemble.

-Spread the spicy aioli onto the bun, top with the quinoa burger.

-Top with thinly sliced cucumber, shredded carrots, cilantro and spinach. Sprinkle with the crushed peanuts.

There you have it. A satisfying spin on a burger that’s not only nutritious, it’s vegetarian palate worthy.