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 products, 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, as are limes. 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.
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.