Recently the hubby and I decided to start juicing again. I used to do it at my parent’s house but for some reason the juices always tasted like pure veggies. As a teenager, that was not the best tasting thing I could find to eat or drink. Anyways, I have been having some stomach issues lately – burning stomach around mid-day – and I read that it might be due to a highly acidic diet. Acid builds in the stomach and the body system due to consuming fatty, caloric food. While the hubby and I eat relatively healthy, I figured reducing the acid in my body even more couldn’t hurt!
Naturally, I took to Google to find out how I could reduce acid in my body. I came across this blog that talked about alkaline diets. Now I know there’s millions of diets out there, and I’ve read about many of them, but I’ve never heard of the alkaline diet. From reading The Alkaline Sisters’ blog and other articles off of Google (Livestrong fan, anyone?), I decided to give it a try.
So what is an alkaline diet? It basically requires eating less acidic food and more alkaline foods. Alkaline foods include lots of vegetables and root vegetables. You can also add in some fruits (blueberry, strawberry, peach, lemons, etc). The idea is to stay away from meats (beef, chicken, pork), sweets, and dairy. Kinda sounds like a vegan diet, right?
This sounded wayyyyy to extreme for me. I definitely needed more fruits and veggies in my diet, but I didn’t need to go cold turkey on all the other goodies! I decided to take the juicing approach instead. The Alkaline Sisters’ blog has great starter recipes. Green Ginger Ale one of my favorites! At first I used the ingredients on their list. Then I started mixing and matching my own. I think the goal is to use a bunch of veggies and fruits, but only use the ones you like!
Here’s what I used this morning:
This morning’s smoothie contained (makes about 10 oz):
- a handful of Spinach
- 1 apple
- 1/2 a lemon
- a handful of parsley
- 1/2 cup of blueberries
- 1/4 cup of strawberries
- 2 carrots
- 1 cucumber
- a small piece of ginger
I put all of it through my very old Hamilton Beach juicer (the same one my mom used about 10 years ago!). Then I poured it in 2 empty Gatorade bottles and topped it off with orange juice. I like topping it off with coconut water better — hubby prefers the OJ. You’ll get more juice if you’re making it for one person and you won’t have to top it off with anything. Either way – healthy healthy and so delicious! I now drink one bottle every morning!
Any other juicer fanatics out there? What are your favorite recipes?
Happy juicing and Happy Monday!