One thing I hear all the time from clients and patients who are transitioning to the alkaline lifestyle is that while they love how they feel, they can already tell the excess weight is dropping off them, and they have more energy than they’ve had in years… they miss pasta!
I get it! When I first got off my acid, I craved all kinds of things and pasta was definitely one of them. The more I learned about the alkaline diet, the more I learned that my cravings meant something deeper. Liking the taste aside, when you crave pasta, your body is actually craving the sugar, and what it really needs is MINERAL SALTS!
As I started replenishing my mineral supply, not only did my cravings for pasta and sweets disappear, 42 pounds of FAT literally shed from my body in a 6-month period… way cool!
As I became a certified raw food chef, the more I learned about food preparation, the more alternatives to heavy, artery-clogging, acidic pasta dishes I found.
One of my favorites is making veggie pastas. If you don’t own a spiralizer, it’s a kitchen gadget that turns long, thin vegetables like carrots, zucchini and squash into skinny spirals that look and feel like spaghetti. I highly recommend you pick one up if you haven’t already.
Combined with any vegetable sauce, spiralized veggies really satisfy the pasta, comfort food craving, but all you’re eating is super-healthy, low-acid, nourishing food!
That’s why this dish is in regular rotation in our house. My son loves it, Chelsea and I love it, and best of all, we know how good for us it is.
So give this a try and let us know how much you love it. And we want to hear from you when you come up with delicious variations for it too. Included in each of our seasonal Get Off Your Acid 7-Day Cleanses is a pasta alternative. The combinations are almost endless, so we want to know your favorite!
Zucchini Pasta with Spinach Lemon Pesto
3 cups baby spinach
1⁄4 cup basil
3 garlic cloves
Juice of 1 small to medium lemon
1⁄4 cup cashews
1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1⁄2 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in half
Salt to taste (Celtic Grey Sea Salt, Himalayan, or Redmond Real Salt)
Pepper to taste
To make Zucchini Pasta: Use a spiralizer to make zucchini into long strands (best raw, or 2-minute flash sauté).
To make Spinach Lemon Pesto: In a food processor with an S blade, pulse spinach, basil, garlic, and cashews until finely chopped. With food processor on, slowly add olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper
Toss zucchini pasta with Spinach Lemon Pesto and serve. Garnish with cherry tomatoes.
I’ve got a ton of hearty dinner ideas that are perfect for the cooling weather in the fall 7-Day Alkaline Cleanse and I’m excited to announce that the New Year, New You Group Cleanse will be available soon!
If you want a really easy and delicious way to shed extra pounds, eat healthier than ever before, and GET OFF YOUR ACID, get started now!