Goodbye June, Hello July and Hydrating Summer Foods!!

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Have mercy this month has flown on by! June was a great month, filled with so many great memories and experiences. I can only hope that July will be every bit as exciting and more! This summer I’m going to be delving into more seasonal alkaline foods, recipes, and posting all natural ways to drop the weight. There is no magic pill, no instant way to lose weight. It takes months and years to put on the weight it’s going to take just as long (depending on how much weight you’ve gained) to lose it. The best method is slow and steady, instantly losing weight can be unhealthy and dangerous. Plus it can leave some saggy skin here and there.

What are some alkalizing summer foods that will help boost your weight loss and improve your overall health?

Watermelon is the first fruit that comes to mind. It’s mostly water, very hydrating and perfect on those hot summer days at the beach, out in the backyard and on picnics! It is the go to food this season and very alkaline. I would only caution folks who have blood sugar issues to eat less or stay away from it due to its levels of natural fructose.

Cucumber is another excellent choice of alkaline food. It’s about 95% water, a fun food fact about the cuke:: eating 4 oz of cucumber is roughly equal to 2 ounces of water. Don’t be shy to add this to your summer salads!

Cabbage is great raw and cooked, and if you’re not much of a cabbage fan you may want to give it another try this year. Try adding some raw cabbage to your salad, soup, or bbq pork sandwich. It’s full of vitamin C, it can lower your cholesterol, and it too can aid in dropping the pounds.

Green Beans are another source of hydrating goodness! Just 1/2 cup of cooked green beans is equal to about 4 ounces of liquid, this is also a great low carb choice! Grill up your steaks, throw some fresh green beans, bell peppers (which contain vitamin c, thiamine, vitamin B6, beta-carotene, and folic acid) on the grill and enjoy a great meal that won’t add to your waistline!

Apples and berries, who doesn’t love them?! One medium apple contains about 4 ounces of liquid, and berries are as equally full of water. Get chopping and don’t forget to squirt a little lemon juice over the apples!

Carrots, being 90% water, are not as dense as you might think. They have more beta carotene than any other vegetable making this a top notch veggie to munch on! Great for your eyes and fighting against cancer. However, if you have a problem with carbs you shouldn’t eat too many. While carrots are a healthy they do have 8 net carbs per 1 cup raw serving. That’s high for a vegetable in my book, so keep it minimal (I tend to just eat them on my salads or soups only).

Celery is not everyone’s first choice when it comes to summer foods. As a parent you try so hard to get your kids to eat this watery vegetable, while some are good little troopers and try it out (often with the help of peanut butter and raisins). I tried that on my kid and all I got was a “yuck”. I guess you can’t win them all, but adults should definitely indulge a little more this year and eat up some more celery, it’s full of vitamins, mineral salts, and amino acids. Grab some hummus and dip away!

Salads, specifically green salads such as kale, spinach and any other dark green leafy salad are another source of water. They are refreshing on a hot day, full of minerals,vitamins, provide a variety of phytonutrients and are all most carb free! Instead of coating it in heavy dressings try the recipe below::

Lemon Avocado Dressing
While we used basil and dill, choose any fresh herbs you like – tarragon, oregano and thyme are all great options!
1 ripe avocado
2 lemons, juiced
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 ½ tbsp chopped red onion
6 basil leaves
6 stems fresh dill
1/8 tsp sea salt
3 drops stevia (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process thoroughly until well blended.

Citrus Vinaigrette

This is a great “goes with everything” dressing that works double as a marinade.

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 lemons or limes, juiced
1 navel orange, juiced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
Pinch of sea salt and black pepper

Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl until well blended.

Citrus Fruit Dressing 

Ingredients:

1 lemon, squeezed
1 lime, squeezed
2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
1 pinch of Kosher salt & Cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp of rosemary
1/2 tsp of thyme
1 tsp of basil

Put every ingredient into a food processor and blend together well.

You now have an alkaline salad dressing that your friends & family can enjoy to. If you want the salad just a little bit thicker add some hemp seeds into the processor.

Chilli Chive Dressing 

Ingredients:

1  chilli (any heat you can handle)
1/2 avocado, mashed
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1/2 tbsp of rosemary
3 tbsp of freshly chopped chive
3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
5 tbsp of fresh water (preferably alkaline)
Pinch of Himalayan salt

Step 1: Add the chilli of your choice, avocado, olive oil and alkaline water into the processor, and mix until emulsified. Next, sprinkle your rosemary, salt and then pour the squeezed lemon juice to blend together again.
Alkalizing Caesar Salad Dressing

Ingredients for the Dressing

1/3 cup cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup of water (best: alkaline water)
1 tbsp. miso
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 dates
2 cloves of garlic
1 dash of sea salt and cayenne pepper

DirectionsPut all ingredients in a blender and mix until all ingredients are well emulsified.

Season again if desired.

Tip: If you prefer a thicker dressing, you can also add 1 tbsp. of flaxseeds before blending.

Pineapple, while alkaline for some people I find it difficult to eat and will shy away from it. But don’t let people like me turn you away from it’s healthy goodness! It’s full of bromelain which should aid in digestion. It’s a great natural choice to help detox your body and to aid in weight loss. Add it to your fruit salad or put a few thick slices on the grill!

Oranges are 85% water and delicioso! Grab a few to take with you on a hike, camping out, fishing trips, or to a sporting event! We  already know they are a great source of Vitamin C, but did you know that they are also full of fiber?! Again, diabetics and low carb eaters need to not over indulge on this sweet fruit, a little goes a long way!

Welcome the summer with some amazing fruits and vegetables that will not only taste good but also help drop the pounds and rejuvenate your body for a better you! An alkaline lifestyle isn’t for everyone, but we all do need to eat more fruits and vegetables the key is knowing which ones to eat more of and which ones to eat less of. There are even some to steer clear of in case of allergies, low metabolism, or compromised insulin receptors. Make wise choices this summer, have fun, and stay hydrated!

Amanda Gayle

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2 thoughts on “Goodbye June, Hello July and Hydrating Summer Foods!!

    • During the month of July I’ll be posting as much as I can about the benefits of alkaline food, recipes, and why certain foods are alkaline and others are acidic. Thank you for stopping by 🙂 Take care!!

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