Alkaline vegetables are an essential part of keeping the acid alkaline balance. In fact, they are the most important part. When following the alkaline diet, vegetables are the most alkalizing food you will eat. Only alkaline drinks, such as lemon water, is what you will have more of. The reason is that most other foods have sugar or starch in them, which reduces the alkalizing qualities of the food. For example fruit includes a lot of fruit sugar (fructose), which makes even alkaline fruit less beneficial than alkaline vegetables.
List of Alkaline Vegetables
There are many alkaline vegetables that are good for you. Here are my 5 favourites that you should always have in the fridge:
Baby Spinach is a great tasting food and has very high nutritional value – it’s extremely rich in antioxidants and a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids.
It’s also low in calories, which is great news for those wanting to loose wight. To maintain it’s nutritional properties baby spinach should be eaten raw (in salads, or as a side) or flash-steamed.
Broccoli is high in vitamins C, K, and A, as well as dietary fiber. This means it fills you up and improves your digestive system by moving through it easily and cleaning it out at the same time. Broccoli also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties.
Broccoli tastes great in stir fries, and it can be steamed and eaten with a little bit of oil, lemon juice, garlic and celtic sea salt.
Asparagus is low in calories and is very low in sodium. It is also a good source of vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and zinc, and a very good source of dietary fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, rutin, niacin, folic acid, iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese and selenium, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells. Sounds, like a lot of benefits, right?
Asparagus tastes great slightly steamed or boiled with a little bit of olive oil and celtic sea salt. It’s also delicious in stir fries.
Celery is very popular for people who want to loose weight as it’s so low in calories and provides dietary fibre to improve digestion. But on top of that, celery is a great alkaline vegetable that is a good source of Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Potassium.
Celery makes a great snack, simply cut up in sticks and eaten by itself or with a healthy dip such as Hummus. It also makes a great addition to salads and can be added to stir fries as well.
Rocket leaves, also known as arugula, roquette, rugula or rucola, should always be at hand for those serious about maintaining their alkaline lifestyle. It is high in vitamins A and K, and also folic acid. It is also a good source of zinc, potassium, calcium and iron.
Rocket leaves should be eaten raw where possible and make a great base for salads or as fresh side serve for your alkaline meals.
These are my five favourite alkaline vegetables. If you have some to add, please comment below.