Old Naturopathy Tricks to Restore Your Energy Fast
Welcome to the second episode of our Alkaline Superfoods Adventures. In case you have missed my previous post: Alkaline Superfoods- A Common Sense Approach to Wellness and Health, check it out here. It will hopefully keep you entartained with a few of my “nutritional rants” and give you a quick understanding of what the Alkaline Diet and Lifestyle really are. No starvation. No guilt trips. No unrealistic cleanses. No magical Ph cures or fixes. Just common sense. There is no point in overcomplicating our lives. Here at Holistic Wellness Project we make it easy, and we also take care of your emotional wellness. It’s not only about what you eat but also about how you live. Now, after the first episode of our Superfoody Adventures, we already know that alkaline superfoods are packed with minerals and vitamins that provide your body with optimal health and energy. We know that it’s not about expensive fad supplements and foods that are difficult to find and to pronounce.You can easily find the most nutritios alkaline superfoods at your local grocery store and stay healthy on a budget.
Alkaline Superfoods that Nourish, Hydrate and Restore Alkalinity (=Energy)
Cucumbers are often underrated, when in actuality their nutrient content is quite impressive. They are especially high in a variety of phytonutrients that have potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties. Aside from these more unique phytonutrients, cucumbers are also rich in more commonly known antioxidants and nutrients such as vitamin C, manganese, and beta carotene. Cucumbers also have been proven high in various flavanoids, which also have powerful antioxidant properties. Antioxidants protect our body from free radical damage. Last but certainly not least, cucumbers contain lignans, which are phytonutrients known to promote healthy gut bacteria and also protect against cancer.
This salad is incredibly quick and easy to prepare, and is a refreshing crowd pleaser!
- 2 lbs. cucumber, washed and sliced into thin sections
- 1/2 cup homemade mayonnaise (see recipe below)
- 2 tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
- 2 tbsp. chives, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a salad bowl, combine your homemade mayo, chives, apple cider vinegar, dill and salt and pepper. Mix everything together.
- Now, add your cucumber slices and combine well with the above mayo mixture.
- Serve immediately or store in the fridge for later, or lunches throughout the week!
Homemade Mayo Recipe (Vegan)
- Combine half cupalmond or coconut milk, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, half cup of olive oil, pinch of salt and pepper.
- You can experiment with the consistency by adding some almond powder and coconut oil.
Cucumbers make great, refreshing alkaline juices. Here’s my usual shopping list for juicing: cucumbers, tomatoes, ginger, spinach, fennel.
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Spinach is a super- superish-super-green- superfood, and has a delicious, creamy taste that can be great in endless types of main dishes, smoothies, and salads. Try it with some coconut milk and spices. It is one of the vegetables richest in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are essential for human health. Spinach is particularly high in vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium and potassium, among others. Spinach is also a good plant source of zinc, which is a vital nutrient for immune support and health. Vitamin K is essential for blood clotting and bone health, and is essential for effective absorption of calcium.
Spinach Apple Salad
This filling and unique salad offers a delightful flavor combination, and a huge amount of nutrients. Aside from the many benefits of spinach that we’ve just learned about, this salad also offers healthy and filling fat from walnuts, the high vitamin content of apple, and another alkaline superfood -beets!
- 8 cups spinach, washed
- 4 tbsp. walnuts, chopped
- 2 medium beets, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 small apples, thinly sliced
- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil for cooking
- 1 1/2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil OR walnut oil
- juice of 1 lemon
- salt/pepper to taste
- First, add your spinach to a large salad bowl, and toss together with your lemon juice and oil of choice.
- Add coconut oil to a sauté pan and add your onions. Stir constantly on medium-low heat until the onions are tender, around 5 minutes. Next, add beets and apple, stirring everything and allowing to cook until beets are soft, 10-12 minutes. Season with salt/pepper to taste.
- Now, add cooked apple mixture to spinach, along with your walnuts. Toss all ingredients together, and serve!
Detox Smoothie with Spinach
Along with the vast nutrient benefits of spinach discussed above, this smoothie offers the delicious flavor combination of coconut water and sweeter fruits, without using artificial sugar! Turmeric is optional here, but is a potent anti-inflammatory, and a superfood in and of itself.
- 1-2 cups coconut water
- ½ frozen banana (not considered alkaline, but still good for you)
- ½ cup diced frozen blueberries (not considered alkaline, but we know that fruits are good for us in moderation)
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 tablespoon almond or walnut butter
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric.
Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Parsley is much more than simple garnish on a pretty plate of food, its’ nutrient content is through the roof! Parsley has a unique blend of volatile oils, which have been shown to slow or even inhibit tumor growth and formation. Certain compounds in parsley can actually act to neutralize carcinogens, which are cancer causing environmental factors such as cigarette smoke. Parsley is impressively high in antioxidants, especially vitamin C and vitamin A. It is also high in beta-carotene, which is protective against chronic conditions such as diabetes, atherosclerosis and colon cancer. Furthermore, parsley is high in B vitamins, particularly folic acid, an essential nutrient for pregnant women. Next time you are cooking, consider using parsley as part of the main dish attraction, not just for presentation.
One of the beautiful things about pesto is that you can make it with just about any leafy green, and parsley is one of them! Use 100% parsley, or even a mix of basil, cilantro and parsley, to reap the nutrient benefits of all of these excellent greens. Vegetarian option: Add organic parmesan cheese to this recipe if you’d like, or omit it if you are sensitive to or avoiding dairy. Cheese is acid-forming, but OK sometimes as a treat (unless you choose to go vegan).This pesto is great over pasta, as a spread, or a dip. Yummy yummy in my tummy!
- 2 cups fresh parsley, de-stemmed
- 5 green onions
- 5 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tbsp. juice from a fresh lemon
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- Add a dash of chili flakes or cayenne if you want a little spice
- Using a food processor, put all ingredients in your processor. As you start mixing, slowly add your olive oil until all is incorporated and pesto has a creamy consistency. Serve immediately with your dish of choice, or freeze for later use.
Cauliflower Rice with Parsley
This dish is perfect for those who like to go for low-carb meals every now and then (I do, even though I am not a low-carb person, I am not high carb either, moderation is the key, I guess I am a mid-carb girl). Also great for those who simply prefer something more nutrient dense than rice.
- 1 head of cauliflower (organic if possible)
- 4 tbsp. coconut oil
- 3 tsp. lemon zest
- 5 tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- Wash cauliflower and cut it up into chunks, small enough that your food processor will be able to grate it (this largely depends on your food processor). Place the cauliflower in your processor and grate (should be a rice-like consistency).
- Next, heat your coconut oil is a sauté pan over medium heat, and once heated, add “riced” Stir frequently for just under 10 minutes.
- Lastly, stir in parsley, cilantro, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Cook for just a minute or two more, and serve.
Finally, remember: Feeling healthy and feeling good about yourself is not a luxury – it’s an absolute necessity.
OK, I can hear some questions coming in…
“Marta are you telling me to live on salads and juices?”
Nope, but try to add them into your diet. The first step could ne this simple challenge- add some fresh, raw, alkaline superfood rich salads to your main courses. Every now and then, have a massive salad for lunch or dinner. Do an alkaline, raw food detox weekend (more on that soon, in my next posts). But remember, the most important thing is to listen to your body! Don’t be afraid to eat more. Yes, eat more- but more real foods. You deserve this amazing alkaline energy! Trust me, you can thank me later.
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To your health,
Keep strong like a holistic warrior!
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