When following an alkaline diet, you need to be mindful of not only what you eat, but also what you drink. This alkaline drinks list will introduce you to alkalizing options for juice and smoothies, dairy, tea and coffee, and even alcoholic beverages.
Can Certain Drinks Help Balance Your Body’s pH?
Yes, what you drink can make a difference in your body—and you may have more options available than you think for alkalizing beverages, since we are concerned with the potential renal acid load (PRAL), not just the pH of individual ingredients.
Juices and Smoothies
1. Dr. Axe Alkaline Juice Recipe
Make a refreshing, delicious glass of alkaline juice by combining cucumber, cabbage, kale, carrot, lime and ginger. You can find the full recipe at Dr. Axe’s website, along with alternative instructions if you do not own your own juicer.
2. Orange Carrot Juice
Most juice and smoothie recipes for alkaline diets are green. But one exception is juice that combines carrots, oranges, ginger, water and salt.
Yes, citrus fruits like oranges are acidic. But in the body, they are alkalizing. Check out the full recipe for alkaline carrot orange juice.
3. Kiwi Cucumber Melon Smoothie
Speaking of green smoothies, this alkaline smoothie recipe is a sure winner. You will need to blend kiwi, honeydew melon, cucumber, spinach, ginger root, coconut water and lemon juice together. Once you taste how satisfying and refreshing it is, you will want to make it all the time.
4. Protein Smoothie
Getting your protein doesn’t have to be difficult with an alkaline diet. In fact, this Energy Boosting Protein Smoothie recipe is packed with this important nutrient.
To make the smoothie, you are going to combine avocado, banana, coconut milk, chia seeds, coconut shreds, cinnamon, maca powder, and protein powder.
An excellent option is pea protein powder. This vegan-friendly, alkaline powder gives your smoothies a creamier consistency than whey protein.
Tea, Coffee, and Dairy
5. Alkaline Milk Options
Can you drink milk on an alkaline diet? Hypothetically, if you are consuming raw cow’s milk or goat’s milk, yes, you can drink regular animal milk with an alkalizing effect.
While you cannot purchase raw milk from a different state, you may be able to buy it in your own state. It depends on where you live. Of course, if you have your own farm or homestead, you may use raw milk from your own animals.
If you are vegan or do not want to be drinking raw milk, you can choose an alternative such as soy milk, oat milk, coconut milk, walnut milk, cashew milk, or hemp milk. Just be aware that soy milk is an endocrine disruptor that may not be suitable for everyone.
6. Alkaline Teas
You will be delighted to learn that you can enjoy tea on an alkaline diet. In particular, green tea is an excellent choice since its pH can range between 7 and 10, which makes it neutral to alkaline.
The pH for chamomile, fennel and mint teas can range between 6 and 7. So, these teas can be mildly acidic or neutral. This means that they are also relatively suitable.
If you research, you may find other types of tea that also are acceptable on an alkaline diet.
Coffee is definitely an acidic beverage. But it is one you might not want to give up completely. What can you do to make coffee a less acidic part of your diet?
Dark roast coffees are less acidic than light roast coffees, so choosing dark roasts can help.
The longer you brew your coffee, the less acidic it will be. So how you prepare your coffee at home can make a difference too. You might also try using a finer grind.
8. Certain Vodka Products
Generally speaking, alcohol, like coffee, is acidic. So, you should keep alcohol consumption fairly minimal on an alkaline diet. But as with coffee, you might not be ready to completely give it up.
Most vodka products have a pH of 4. But you will find some vodkas on the market have higher pHs, and may be neutral or even alkaline. One well-known example is FIX, which has a pH above 8.
Something else you can do to make alcoholic beverages less acidic is to mix them with beverages that are more neutral or basic.
Previously, we talked about how citrus fruits have an alkalizing effect in the body. An alcoholic beverage that combines vodka and orange juice is the screwdriver cocktail. Here is a quick and simple screwdriver recipe.
10. Avocado, Lime and Mint Cocktail
Avocadoes are among the best fruits you can eat on an alkaline diet. So, why not include them in your cocktails? This recipe teaches you how to make a distinctive vodka mixed drink that includes avocado and lime.
Enjoy These Refreshing Alkaline Beverages
That concludes our alkaline drinks list. We hope you discovered some recipes for smoothies, juices and mixed drinks in this list to tempt you.
And that you now have a better idea how you can approach beverages containing tea, coffee, milks and milk substitutes. Your body will thank you for indulging in beverages that are as nutritious and alkalizing as they are refreshing.
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