I know Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make today or tomorrow a special day for a loved one, or a good friend! In fact, shouldn’t we make Valentine’s Day EVERY day!
If you want to plan something special for your sweetheart, you could take them out to eat …OR, would you prefer a romantic dinner in, where you can enjoy cooking a delicious, nutrient-rich meal as you catch up with your love?
I don’t think there’s any better way to show your love than to cook recipes that are going to keep your loved one healthy today, and for many years in the future. Isn’t THAT what it’s all about! For many people, they use food as a crutch, an addiction, to try and make them feel better, but here’s what happens.
95% of the Standard American Diet (SAD Diet) is ACIDIC, and most people are pumping inflammatory foods like sugar, grains, dairy, processed foods, baked goods, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, carbonated water, etc and while it MAY make them feel better in the 2-minute moment, all they’re doing is putting more ACID in the body, which ultimately, makes you feel worse.
Then you feel the need to eat more sugar, to feel better again, and these empty calories keep you coming back for more, and so the viscous cycle goes.
It’s February, and for those of you in the cold parts of the country like us here in NYC, it can get a little depressing this time of year. But I’m here to tell you, that FOOD can change your MOOD! When you eat alkaline, it influences your brain’s neurochemistry, and can actually make you feel better, just like a workout can do for you.
And that’s what eating alkaline is all about – using the foods you eat as tools to boost energy, lose weight, fight disease, inflammation, and acid!
So today I’m giving you a flavorful alkaline 3-course menu you can choose to eat on February 14th or any day of the year, plus alternative recipes for each dish so you can find what works for you.
And if you’re not about all the sweet ‘lovey dovey’ stuff and just want a day for yummy alkaline filled recipes, no worries…I got you covered!
Hors d’oeuvre: Spinach and Persimmon Salad With Tahini Lemon Dressing
This salty, savory, and sweet salad is full of flavor, texture, and nutrients. It feels special enough for a fancy dinner, but it’s easy enough to prepare any night of the week.
SPINACH AND PERSIMMON SALAD WITH TAHINI LEMON DRESSING
Ingredients SALAD [Serves 2]
4 cups baby spinach
Persimmon (Or you can substitute with pomegranate seeds, sliced apple, pear, or clementine slices)
2 baby leeks, thinly sliced
½ cup white beans, drained and rinsed (I use Eden Organics)
¼ cup sliced almonds (or pine nuts)
Ingredients TAHINI LEMON DRESSING
¼ cup tahini (sesame butter)
½ cup filtered water (more if you desire thinner, less for thicker)
½ lemon, fresh squeezed
1 clove garlic, minced
¾ tsp. sea salt (Celtic grey, Himalayan, or Redmond Real Salt)
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Black pepper to taste
Mix all salad ingredients in a bowl. Whisk all dressing ingredients together and dress your salad.
Alternative: “Potato” Leek Soup
This is the kind of recipe that normally would be full of acidic ingredients like cream, butter, and white potatoes. But not when you make it the alkaline way! I dare you to make this and not think it’s just as tasty, if not even more so, than traditional potato leek soup.
Entrée: Roast Salmon and Zesty Green Beans
This entrée has it all – delicious salmon rich with omega-3 fatty acids alongside flavorful green beans that you’ll find addictive. You’re going to want to make this combination once a week, which you can because it’s so good for you!
ROAST SALMON AND ZESTY GREEN BEANS
Ingredients [Serves 2]
2 wild-caught salmon filets
2 lbs. of green beans
¼ cup coconut oil
5 garlic cloves, minced
¼ tsp. ground ginger
1-inch fresh ginger, thinly sliced
1 tsp. crushed red pepper (more or less depending on your taste)
Sea salt (Celtic Grey, Himalayan, or Redmond Real Salt) to taste
Black pepper to taste
Optional: Fresh lemon slice
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Season salmon with sea salt and pepper. Place the filets skin side down on a baking sheet and bake 12 to 15 minutes, depending on your desired doneness.
Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt. Cook the beans for 4 minutes. Drain and transfer directly to ice water to cool. Drain and pat dry.
In a large sauté pan, heat the coconut oil and sauté the garlic until just golden brown. Stir in the ground ginger, fresh ginger, and red pepper and cook for about 30 seconds. Add the green beans and toss with the seasoned oil for about 1 minute. Squeeze lemon over fish, green beans, or both.
Alternative: Alkaline Ratatouille
The main course is a French specialty, so it’s sure to feel romantic. It also features several mouth-watering herbs cooked with a delicious blend of vegetables. It’s highly alkaline, but it also will leave you feeling full and satisfied.
Dessert: Dairy-Free Mayan Hot Chocolate
Give in to your cravings just a little with a sweet alkaline recipe like this one, and if your kids are like mine, they will LOVE this healthy swap for the traditional, dairy-filled winter treat!
If you’ve never tried Mayan hot chocolate, it’s thicker and less sweet than the standard counterpart. It tastes very indulgent, but this version has no added sugar at all.
DAIRY FREE MAYAN HOT CHOCOLATE
Ingredients [Serves 2]
2 cups unsweetened almond or coconut milk
¼ cup raw cacao
1 heaping teaspoon of cinnamon
Optional: Dash of cayenne pepper
Puree everything in a blender and then warm it on the stove (if you have a high-power blender like Vitamix, it can heat up the mixture and you may not have to warm on stove).
Alternative: Chocolate Almond Chia Pudding Recipe
This pudding is as good as any high-acid dessert with none of the guilt, headaches, tummy troubles, bloat, or weight gain. Try this with the kids or guests and they are sure to want more (and more…).
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GET OFF YOUR ACID!