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Healthy Living Recipes

Deb Morgan: What would summer be without lots of fruit and fresh herbs and fun ways to eat them? Get creative with the Thai Three-Melon Soup recipe below—use any variety and number of melons for a refreshing soup perfect any time of day, or put it in a glass and call it a cooler! Looking for even more ways to use all that mint growing in your yard? Combined with pineapple and cilantro in the salad recipe, mint is a quick and easy way to brighten up carrots. For more salad, summer soup, and sandwich ideas, don't miss our forthcoming recipe book, Kripalu Summer Salads, Sandwiches, and Soups.

Carrot Pineapple Salad

Serves 4

For the dressing:
2 tablespoons minced fresh mint
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
¼teaspoon sea salt
2 scallions, sliced

For the salad:
3 cups grated carrot
1 cup canned pineapple chunks, drained
½ cup toasted coconut flakes
¼ cup toasted pumpkin seeds

Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add the salad ingredients and toss together until thoroughly blended. Refrigerate for several hours before serving. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Thai Three-Melon Soup

Serves 2 to 4

1 cup diced seedless watermelon
1 cup diced cantaloupe
1 cup diced honeydew melon
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Pinch of sea salt

Place ingredients in a soup pot or large bowl and use an immersion blender to process until smooth. Alternatively, place all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth. Serve chilled.

Read Annie Kay’s Nutritional Commentary: Acid-Base Balance .

These naturally sweet summer dishes are filled with healthy fiber and other nutrients. But they have another nutritional benefit, too: they contribute to acid-alkaline balance.

The acid-alkaline (or acid-base) principle has been gaining ground in the scientific community as an important guideline for preventive health. Maintaining a healthy acid-alkaline balance is thought to support bone health, reduce cancer risk, and decrease overall metabolic stress. The science behind the principle is complex, but simply stated: Your body performs best in a neutral to slightly alkaline pH. That pH is tightly controlled; your body works hard to stay in that range. One way to support a healthy acid-alkaline balance is to choose fewer animal proteins, dairy foods, and sugars, while increasing alkaline-forming fruits and vegetables, such as these recipes.

Pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkin seeds, and honeydew melon are among the most alkaline-forming foods available. Limes are also one of the most alkaline-forming foods. Carrots may give the body a little acid push, and salt is an acid producer, too (just a pinch is perfect), but tossed with so many powerful alkaline producers, the balance is on your preventive health side.

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