Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Easy Peasy Post-Holiday Recipes to Alkalize Your System

The holidays are upon us, and for those who participate in holiday gatherings and parties, there are many opportunities to indulge in drinks and rich food.

But sugar, alcohol, processed foods, white flour, meats, and cheeses are all acid-forming and can throw the body's pH level off. Digestive problems, aches and pains, grumpiness, and low energy can result.

Even for those who do not participate in the holiday hub-bub, the change of seasons is a good time to do a little cleansing and re-balancing. Winter solstice, in particular, is a good time to be gentle on our bodies, as we are adjusting to less daylight (in the northern hemisphere) and often decreased physical energy levels.

These are two very easy recipes I whipped up for alkalizing purposes. I'm not a big fan of cooking, and even I can handle these! I don't include specific measurements for the most part, and you can add or eliminate ingredients to your own taste. 

Alkalizing Spicy Coconut Vegetable Soup


4 or 5 no-salt organic vegetable boullion cubes (to make either 8 or 10 cups of broth)
chopped green cabbage
chopped red/purple cabbage
chopped carrot
1/2 cup pearl barley
diced onion
fresh garlic, minced
cayenne pepper
sea salt
1 or 2 cans of organic coconut milk (can be left out if you don't enjoy coconut)


Dissolve the vegetable boullion cubes in a pot of boiling water according to directions.

In a separate large pot, cook the onion in coconut oil or olive oil until transparent. Add the chopped carrot, green cabbage, and red/purple cabbage and cook until slightly tender. Add a bit of water to keep the vegetables from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Add the minced garlic.

Pour the vegetable boullion into the large pot with the other ingredients.

Bring to a low boil and add the pearl barley. Allow to boil for about 20 minutes.

Add turmeric. I would start with 1 heaping TBSP and add to your taste.

Add cumin. I would start with 1 TSP and add to your taste.

Add cayenne pepper. I would start with 1/2 TSP and add to your taste. A little cayenne pepper goes a long way, so err on the side of using less, and add tiny amounts until it has the spice level you like.

Add a bit of sea salt to your taste.

Allow to boil for about 20 more minutes. You can add some extra water, if necessary, to create the right flavour and consistency.

When the vegetables and barley are soft, turn the heat down to below boiling.

Add 1 or 2 cans of coconut milk and stir into the broth. (optional)

Easy Alkalizing Stir-Fry Sauce


1 can organic coconut milk
cayenne pepper
chili garlic sauce (optional)
tiny pinch of sea salt
dried or fresh basil


Melt the can of coconut milk in a pot over low-medium heat while stirring. Do not boil.

Add turmeric. I would start with 1/2 TBSP and add to your taste.

Add cumin. I would start with 1/2 TSP and add to your taste.

Add cayenne pepper. I would start with 1/8 TSP and add to your taste.

Add a tiny pinch of sea salt. 

Add dried basil or chopped fresh basil.

If you like spice, you can add a small amount of chili garlic sauce to add to the flavour.

Add the sauce to stir-fried vegetables, and serve over quinoa (alkaline) or brown rice (slightly acidic).

Both recipes keep well in the refrigerator and can be reheated. 

Remember to drink plenty of lemon juice in water to add to the alkalizing effects.

The optimum pH level for the human body is around 7.365. pH testing strips can be purchased at health food stores or most drug stores.

Happy Holidays and Happy Alkalizing!


Anonymous said...

Thanks, Willow, this is much better than relying on Speedy Alka-Seltzer. (I know you're way too young to remember him but his little song is so cute.)

How about drinking apple cider vinegar in water instead of lemon? Will that work? (I have toxic family to deal with, so ulcers. )


Willow said...

Yep, I hear apple cider vinegar also has an alkalizing effect.

Good luck balancing out the fam! haha

Jason said...

Never Knew Alka-Seltzer was that.

True though, Happy Holidays Willow!

I think this guy. lol. Would like it since he does not like meat too much. So taken aback that he got me an Aquarian Necklace. Working double time to not take what Mercury Retrograde people say, or dont. lol. Im Pluto Mercury, Jupiter Mercury, and Moon Mercury. so, I love to talk. But I can get distracted by it (Pisces). So sometimes it works for me, being able to be overwhelmed by all the things I think about, that it wont seem rude to a Mercury Retrograde person. If I dip without explanation.

But it kinda makes sense as, the Universe it seems does'nt want me so mentally bonded with my mates, without developing more NN LEO ARIES traits first. But I do feel the mental connection growing more. Its just going on in a way thatI don't have a metaphor yet.

Anonymous said...

I decided to check in at the Web and what a pleasant little surprise. A gentle reminder to clean up YOU in the midst
of shortened sunlight, heavy festive foods, and aura-bending family. I am gonna do the soup but I am gonna
need a full sweat lodge session to get the "family" off me.

Hope everybody is resting and making their own kind of
merry. Best Holiday Wishes to Willow and her readers.
Let's all take it up a notch in 2015.

Willow said...

" I am gonna do the soup but I am gonna need a full sweat lodge session to get the "family" off me."

hee hee hee hee!

Just avoid the James Arthur Ray SweatLodge2000 Highway to Enlightenment (TM), and you should be fine.

Happy 2015!

Anonymous said...

soooo boring

Willow said...

If it's so boring, troll, why are you reading it?

No one wants you around here.

Optimum Al said...

Good Morning 8:51 AM,

I sense that your PH level is sitting at somewhat less than the optimum 7.365! Super-acidic methinks. Ick.

But don't worry that you find this boring, 8:51AM. People often resist that which would help them the most.

Meanwhile, thanks to this awesome post, my own PH is cruisin' right at a sweet 7.4...Ahhhhh! (I don't mean to brag here, just stating the facts. hehehe)

TY Willow!