The acid alkaline diet helps to produce an alkaline environment in the body after the food is consumed and digested. The diet promotes foods which are high in alkaline and limits the amount of foods which produce an acid environment. This helps to keep a healthy alkaline balance between 7.35 and 7.45.
Even though there is a long list of foods that you should reduce on this diet, it does not have to be difficult to choose your foods once you understand what type of foods are acidic and which foods are alkaline. The rule is quite simple; basically anything that comes from an animal is acidic and should be consumed in small amounts. Anything processed, packaged or with a high sugar content are also acidic. This leaves you with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, herbs and spices to restore the balance. Here are some great lunch ideas for the acid alkaline diet.
Cut up some of your favorite garden vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, zucchini, peppers and onions, and toss with a light dressing. You can make your own dressing by mixing olive oil with lemon juice, freshly chopped oregano, crushed garlic and cumin powder.
Cook 1/2 cup of dry beans in a slow cooker on high for about 5 hours. Add some chopped onions, green pepper and sea salt and cook for another hour on low. Spoon onto a mixed green salad with kale, lettuce, spinach, and herbs like cilantro or parsley. Cook the beans the night before, and chill in the fridge overnight.
Broccoli and Cauliflower
Broccoli and cauliflower florets are great when tossed with a creamy dressing along with sunflower seeds, pine nuts, dried cranberries and raisins.
You can use as few or as many fruits as you like and make any kind of fruit salad. Diced pineapples, mangoes, peaches, watermelon, cantaloupe, kiwi, pomegranates and grapes will not only fill you up, but they will lift your spirits and give you energy to get through your afternoon.
Vegetable soups are great at any time of day, including lunch. You can make your own vegetable soup stock by chopping up about 4 celery stalks, 1 medium onion, 1 clove garlic, and fresh or dried herbs of your choice. Mix with 6 cups of water and simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally. Then you can add any kind of vegetables that you like, including cabbage, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, zucchini and peppers. The more colorful you make the soup, the more nutrients you will obtain from it.
Mash avocados and mix with freshly chopped cilantro, onion, bell pepper, tomato and celery, a dash of sea salt, and 1/2 of a lemon. Spoon into sprouted tortillas and top with toasted sunflower seeds and raisins.
Avoid any sugary drinks or sodas with your meals as they will make the meal acidic. Instead choose a drink which is natural such as freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, herbal tea, or filtered or alkaline water. Drinking lots of water between meals will also help to alkalize your body.