Eating a high alkaline breakfast in the morning is a great way to fuel your body with the right kind of nutrition. The simple benefit of following an alkaline diet is that you are going to feel better. As you may already know, alkaline foods are fruits and vegetables. So it doesn’t take a genius to work out that more of these types of foods is beneficial. The sort of things that you may well notice are higher energy levels; improved concentration; more motivation; and a brighter outlook. If all it takes to experience these outcomes is a bit more fruit and vegetables in the morning, isn’t it something worth considering? Let’s take a look at a few easy to implement ideas to turn your morning meal into a delicious alkalizing breakfast.
Alkaline Breakfast Foods
These are not really any different from any other type of alkalizing foods, just ones that you’d fancy eating in the morning. My typical alkaline breakfast includes a fresh home made juice. I use a centrifugal juicer which also comes with a special citrus juicing part so I can make delicious fresh orange or fresh grapefruit drinks easily. On top of this, carrot juice as well as all sorts of fruit and vegetable drinks are easily made using the centrifugal juicing components. The only thing that this sort of juicer is not great for is green alkaline drinks. A masticating juicer like those produced by Omega are best for this.
Consumption of a high ratio of fresh fruit and vegetable produce compared to fish, meat, bread, etc. which are all acid foods gives our body a great alkaline kick at the start of the day. The thing to remember though is that the aim is not about avoiding acidifying foods. The fact of the matter is that fish, meat and grains all have some great nutritional properties. So we should not try to deny ourselves anything while we are on the alkaline diet, our goal should simply be to consume more fresh fruit and vegetable produce. So starting the day with a fresh homemade juice is perfect.
In effect, you could then just eat whatever you normally have for breakfast. The inclusion of a freshly made fruit and vegetable drink pretty much guarantees that your breakfast is now healthier than before. As I wrote about previously in my Japanese diet article, the fatty acids found in fish are beneficial for brain function. So the aim is certainly not to stop eating foods that have a net acidifying effect on our body. There is much more to a healthy diet than just the acid/alkaline divide. This is just the same as there is more to think about than just the fat content of the foods we eat.
It does depend upon definitions as to what people consider an alkaline breakfast. For me, it certainly doesn’t mean only consuming alkalizing foods. This could potentially become a bit too extreme. In my opinion, it is much more about balance. Both acid and alkaline foods can provide us with good quality nutrition. So as an example, here is what I often have myself at breakfast time and certainly consider it to be an alkalizing breakfast menu.
- Freshly squeezed grapefruit (small) *2 = ~350ml
- Cereal, e.g. Corn Flakes with regular milk or soy milk
- Scrambled eggs with a sliced tomato
- Toast topped with sliced banana (optional)
As you can see, this is certainly not too extreme. In fact there are plenty of acid foods in my breakfast but everything is pretty healthy. At breakfast time I normally get at least 3 servings of fruit and vegetables. This is a pretty decent start to the day. By making a larger juice, it is easy to consume over 5 servings of fresh fruit and vegetable produce before starting work. When you do this consistently over days, weeks and months, you really start to feel younger and more vibrant, like you could take on the world!
Alkaline Breakfast Recipes
There are tons of things that you can have in the morning that provide alkaline goodness. You should definitely try and have a fruit and/or vegetable drink. Single juices like freshly squeezed orange juice or plain carrot juice are great. As are mixed juices. You can add some celery, cucumber and spinach to your carrot juice for a greater range of mineral benefits.
Smoothies are another option too. If you make yourself an orange juice, you could try adding this, together with a banana to a blender for a thicker drink. There is a really powerful Vitamix blender that can actually blend up whole apples, carrots and so on, into a drinkable mixture.
Some days, you might want to try a fruit only breakfast. If you are not used to this, you might not like it so much. But again, there are loads of options. Eating a couple of grapefruits is surprisingly filling. A fruit salad with all kinds of things like apples, oranges, bananas, kiwis and berries tastes great. If you want to eat more than just fruit, you can add your fruit salad to muesli and top with milk or yogurt. I quite like making a fruit salad and adding some plain yogurt and a little bit of jam.
So as you can see, there are tons of great alkaline breakfast ideas that are not only healthy but are refreshing and taste great. What I love the most about this so called diet is that it does not feel like dieting at all. For me, this is massive. I love eating foods I know are good for me but that also taste really good.
One final point to consider, it is often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is something that I wholeheartedly agree with. That’s why I think that an alkaline breakfast is the most important alkaline meal of the day. Starting the day with a pH balancing meal that hydrates me and gives me energy gives me the best opportunity to be productive.