After a period of indulgence, especially with refined sugars and nutrient-low foods, your body needs an alkalizing infusion to restore its healthy cells activity. All foods are measured on what is called a pH scale, where they are either highly acidic (0) or highly alkaline (14).
An alkaline diet strives for 80% alkaline foods, which are foods that once digested have a high alkaline reading. Think leafy greens and avocados. This type of diet offers a lot of protection against modern-day diseases, given the high nutrient intake. Alkaline diets also sustain great energy levels throughout the day.
I am not a fan of drastic detox diets and I advocate for including more nutrient-dense foods in your daily meals rather than stressing your body, especially when you are not diagnosed with a chronic disease that shouts out for a strict, detoxifying diet.
It may sound like penitence to go from sweets and holiday foods to juices or smoothies from one day to another, particularly when you have a demanding and stressful work.
This nourishing wrap is a transition option, from indulgence to a healthier diet, as it is packed with alkalizing foods that restore your cells pH, it’s full with nutrients, it contains protein, healthy fats, fiber and tons of antioxidants.
Spinach is one of those high alkaline foods that contains an exceptional quantity of 80 nutrients, including very high levels of vitamin A, vitamin K, manganese and folate.
Many modern day diseases have one thing in common: they’re born out of an inflammatory environment. Spinach and many other high alkaline foods balance out acidity in the gut and possess anti-inflammatory properties, restoring and sustaining gut health.
Speaking of gut health, your microbiome is home to millions of good and bad bacteria which need to be kept in balance. 80% of your immune system mechanism is actually located in your gut. Consuming foods that contain probiotics or live bacteria helps maintaining this healthy balance.
Sauerkraut is a simple and very affordable probiotic that feeds good bacteria to your system. It contains anti-inflammatory properties and is a great source of iron, vitamin C and magnesium.
The vibrant color of beetroot is due to unique pigments called betalains, which serve as triggers for both phases of natural detoxification process: toxins neutralization and elimination.
Beetroot has strong antioxidant properties and contains an abundance of nutrients including folate, manganese and potassium. Being rich in fiber, it helps moving toxins through your digestive system and promotes healthy, glowing skin.
Hummus is a go-to for vegans as it’s a good protein source, rich in iron and contains B vitamins. If you can, make your own hummus at home, as supermarket varieties contain a lot of preservatives that are harmful to your health. If you want to you can try my hummus recipe with pumpkin and spices
Chickpeas are very high in manganese, folate, copper and fiber. Antioxidants include vitamin C and vitamin E which help with cleansing your body of unwanted toxins.
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Spinach Wrap with Beet Hummus
- 2 Handful fresh spinach leaves
- 4 tbsp hummus
- 1 medium beet cooked and cut into small cubes
- 1 avocado peeled and cut into slices
- 1/2 cup red cabbage sauerkraut
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 red onion diced
- 2 tsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds
- 5-6 fresh mint leaves
- 2 Whole wheat tortilla wraps
- Add the hummus and beet cubes into the food processor and pulse to obtain a creamy mixture.
- Divide it evenly onto the tortilla wraps and spread with a spoon.
- Divide the rest of the ingredients on each wrap, roll the tortillas, pack to go, or serve immediately.