This summer, I listened to an online web conference put on by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. One of my favorite presenters was a registered holistic nutritionist and renowned fitness expert named Yuri Elkaim. Yuri is a major proponent of eating a diet containing primarily alkaline foods.
Why alkaline foods?
Well according to his interview with Dr. Oz, “Alkaline foods, such as fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and grains flow through your system more quickly and easily than non-alkaline foods, which include processed foods, meat and dairy. The non-alkaline foods you eat promote acid in your body that the kidneys have to work hard to get rid of. This process drains you of energy, something we want to avoid! Alkaline foods, on the other hand, don’t produce acid, so the kidneys don’t have to work as hard and everything runs efficiently for optimal energy.” http://www.doctoroz.com/article/boost-your-energy-7-days
You can find more information on this topic in his book, The All-Day Energy Diet.
In the book, Yuri gives a much more in depth explanation of this process and how eating alkaline foods effects our blood’s pH balance. In his book preview he noted that, “Unfortunately, much of our modern diet causes our blood to tip toward the acidic end of the pH scale, and this causes trouble for those regularly scheduled oxygen deliveries our cells rely on to produce energy.” On his blog, Yuri explains, “Alkalinity goes hand in hand with oxygen. Alkaline foods – namely vegetables and low-glycemic index fruit – are the main source of alkaline minerals, which alkalize your body.” Here is a helpful chart from his blog post, http://www.yurielkaim.com/blog/5429/alkaline-diet-key-to-cancer-prevention/
In order to make it through a busy day in Kindergarten, I need something in the morning that will keep me feeling full, alert, and energized. Yuri highly recommended a green smoothie in the morning to set the tone for a day full of energy. I started “Pinterest”ing green smoothie recipes and found lots of “Green Monster” smoothies!
My smoothie recipe contains my favorite leafy green…spinach! Not only is it one of nature’s super foods, it is very alkaline and delicious. This recipe has added natural sweetness from the frozen banana (which also gives it a creamy, milkshake-like texture). I personally like to add a scoop of Amazing Grass All Natural Drink Powder. It is advertised as “A full spectrum of alkalizing green super foods, antioxidant rich fruits, and support herbs unite with Acai and Maca to provide a powerful dose of whole food nutrition. Complete with pre and probiotics and digestive enzymes to ensure rapid nutrient absorption and healthy digestion.”
It has become a regular breakfast and post workout choice for me! I feel like it has made a dramatic difference in my energy levels! I highly recommend it!
- 1.5 cups Vanilla Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 1 scoop of Amazing Grass All Natural Drink Powder, Green Superfood (optional)
- 1 very ripe banana, frozen and sliced
- 2 handfuls organic baby spinach
- 1/2 to 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1/2 to 1 Tbsp of Cinnamon
- 1/2 to 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (I prefer plant based protein like PlantFusion)
- 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter (I prefer freshly ground, no salt added)
- Other optional items: 1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds or 1 tsp of Maca Powder
- Add spinach, Green Superfood, and almond milk to blender or Nutibullet. Blend until smooth.
- Add in all of the other ingredients.
- Blend until all ingredients are mixed well (about 30 seconds to 1 minute)
- This is also great with chopped, frozen or fresh kale!