Ever wondered what it truly means to start your day on the right foot? Well, get ready to dive into the world of alkaline breakfast foods, where we’ll unravel the secrets behind that perfect morning fuel.
In this post, I’m serving up more than just a delicious recipe – I’m breaking down the difference between alkaline and acidic foods, and why it matters more than you might think. Buckle up as we explore the incredible benefits of choosing alkaline options for your breakfast spread.
But wait, what exactly are alkaline foods, you ask? Don’t fret – I’ve got you covered. I’ll lay out which foods fall into the alkaline category and which ones veer into the acidic zone.
And yes, I’m not stopping there. I know you’re all about that practical approach, so I’ve got a mouthwatering recipe that checks all the boxes – flavor, nutrition, and that feel-good factor. Get ready to fall head over heels for a smoothie that’ll have your taste buds doing a happy dance.
So, if you’re curious about the magic of alkaline breakfasts and how they can give your day a vibrant kickstart, stick around. This isn’t just a blog post – it’s your ticket to a breakfast revolution that’s both delicious and nutritious. Let’s embark on this journey to discover how the right choices on your plate can set the tone for a day that’s brimming with energy and vitality.
What Is The Difference Between Alkaline And Acidic Foods
When we say acid, your body says “alkaline former please” but what is an alkaline former and how can you maintain better pH balance more often?
The pH is the measure of acidity or alkalinity and is measured on a scale of 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral and alkaline substances on the higher end of the scale.
The body requires certain pH values to function optimally. For instance, the blood needs to be in the range of 7.36 to 7.44, while the urine is usually between 4.5-8.0 and is a reflection of the toxins and other byproducts our body has to flush from its systems.
The body tightly regulates pH balance through the kidneys and lung. Why is this important? Because when we speak about pH or hear people saying “how can I be alkaline” or “I am too acidic” that isn’t actually correct.
Your focus should be on digestion and how to maintain better pH balance throughout your digestive tract. But why is this a big deal?
At different points throughout the digestive tract, your body pH should be different. For example, the stomach should be more acidic to breakdown proteins and other nutrients.
Then as digested food moves through to the small intestine it should become alkaline (with the help of sodium bicarbonate and other ingredients in its digestive juices).
Note the “sodium” in sodium bicarb so getting enough sodium is critical to better digestion including pH. The lower digestive tract needs to be more alkaline to allow for better absorption of key nutrients such as magnesium and other minerals, as well as the survival of many good bacteria (probiotics).
When our systems are too acidic, we often experience slower digestion, bloating and increase risk of infection, hormone imbalances and more.
Benefits of Alkaline Breakfast Foods
Get ready to discover a whole new world of benefits that come with eating alkaline breakfast foods.
- Energy Boost: Alkaline breakfast foods are like nature’s wake-up call. They provide your body with the essential nutrients it needs to kickstart your day with a burst of energy. Say goodbye to the mid-morning slump and hello to sustained vitality!
- Balanced pH Levels: Maintaining a balanced pH level in your body is crucial for overall health. Alkaline breakfast foods help keep your pH levels in check, which can contribute to better digestion, improved immunity, and enhanced well-being.
- Cellular Health: Your cells are the unsung heroes of your body, working tirelessly to keep you going. Alkaline foods provide a rich source of antioxidants and nutrients that support cellular health, helping your body function at its best.
- Bone Health: Calcium isn’t just found in dairy products. Alkaline breakfast foods like leafy greens, almonds, and chia seeds are fantastic sources of calcium, promoting strong bones and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
- Digestive Harmony: A happy tummy makes for a happy day. Alkaline foods are often packed with fiber, which supports healthy digestion, prevents bloating, and keeps things moving smoothly.
- Reduced Inflammation: Inflammation is like the party crasher of good health. Alkaline breakfast foods, including fruits and veggies, are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, helping you tackle the day with less discomfort.
- Weight Management: If you’re looking to maintain a healthy weight, alkaline breakfasts can be your trusty sidekick. These nutrient-dense options are often lower in calories and can help you stay full and satisfied until your next meal.
- Glowing Skin: They say beauty comes from within, and it’s true! Alkaline foods are brimming with vitamins and minerals that promote radiant skin and a healthy complexion.
- Heart Health: Love your heart like it’s a precious gem. Alkaline breakfast foods, especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids, contribute to cardiovascular wellness, keeping your ticker in top-notch shape.
- Mood Elevation: Breakfast is a chance to set the tone for the day, and alkaline choices do it with flair. Nutrient-packed foods can positively impact your mood, helping you tackle challenges with a smile.
BEST ALKALINE BREAKFAST FOODS
Which Foods Are Alkaline Forming
The list includes watery green vegetables (cucumbers, celery, green beans, broccoli), dark leafies (kale, collard greens, spinach, chlorophyll, grasses (wheat,barley), green fruits like (kiwi,limes, avocado, olives), and sea vegetables (algae, seaweed).
Green is the color of alkalinity! But also topping the list are lemons, mushrooms, beets, watermelon, coconut, radishes, grapefruit, herbs and many herbal teas.
Other alkaline formers include plant protein sources like nuts and seeds, beans especially almonds, hemp, sesame seeds, navy and lima beans.
What Is The Number 1 Alkaline Forming Food
Water! Your body uses water to flush out toxins and deliver nutrients to your cells but also to restore and maintain healthy pH throughout your digestive tract.
You do not need alkaline water for it to have those benefits, but filtered water is a win. Be cautious of alkaline waters not just for your wallet but for the additives some companies use to change the pH as they can add extra burden to the kidneys.
That said, some true alkaline waters sourced from pure locations can be wonderful especially for healing, but they carry a hefty price tag.
What Are Acid Forming Foods
Added sugar, coffee, alcohol, high sodium foods, refined flour products (most cereals, breads, crackers, pastas), animal products like dairy milk, eggs, butter and animal meats tend to be more acid-forming in your digestive tract.
It’s All About Balance
The key to alkaline forming foods is to understand that it is about balance. It is not necessary to cut out all acidic foods.
Alkaline-formers should build the foundation of your daily intake and be used to offset when you enjoy acid forming foods and beverages.
For example, to start your day:
- On waking, have water with lemon (use a straw to protect your teeth!) or water with chlorophyll before your coffee!
- For breakfast enjoy a blend of nuts and seeds with a nondairy unsweetened milk or yogurt and some dark berries OR a half avocado with some hemp seeds and a pinch of sea salt OR overnight oats with nuts and seeds.
- Mid-morning enjoy a kiwi and 2 dates with some almond butter or have a mostly greens juice (keep it below 15g carb if you are buying a ready made juice) with a handful of nuts. Option for another cup of coffee.
Green Mojito Smoothie Recipe
Green Mojito Smoothie
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 tsp lime zest finely grated
- 3 limes peeled and quartered
- 1 cup curly green kale leaves, torn-up 1-2 large leaves with stalk removed
- 1/2 cup mint firmly packed
- 2 cups pineapple frozen
- 5 drops alcohol - free liquid stevia plus more to taste
- Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for 30 - 60 seconds until smooth and creamy.
And there you have it, breakfast champions! We’ve peeled back the curtain on the world of alkaline breakfast foods, and what a vibrant journey it’s been. From understanding the dance between alkaline and acidic foods to uncovering the treasure trove of benefits that alkaline-forming foods bring to the table, you’re now armed with a breakfast strategy that’s as exciting as it is health-conscious.
Remember, it’s not about becoming a nutrition ninja overnight; it’s about making mindful choices that resonate with your body’s well-being. By opting for alkaline breakfast options, you’re not just starting your day on a nutritious note – you’re setting the stage for a day that’s fueled by vitality and zest.
And speaking of choices, let’s not forget the star of the show – the delicious smoothie recipe that’s bound to become your morning ritual. Whip it up, take that first refreshing sip, and know that you’re starting your day with a burst of nutrients that’ll make your tummy happy.
So here’s to mornings that are equal parts nutritious and delicious, to days that are infused with energy, and to a lifestyle that embraces the power of alkaline goodness. Let’s keep the breakfast revolution alive, one vibrant bite at a time!
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***Disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice***