Since I began the raw food healing challenge, I’ve been burning through lemons like never before.
Each morning, I begin my day with a glass of lemon water to stimulate digestion and kickstart liver detoxification. And I’ve been using it in plenty of sauces, dressings and snacks.
Lemons are very high in Vitamin C, but I’m mainly interested in them due to their alkaline-forming effects in the body.
While lemons are quite acidic on their own, once metabolized they leave alkalizing minerals in their wake. Lots of other foods are alkaline, too – mainly fruits and vegetables, as well as some nuts and seeds.
So why is it important to consume lots of alkaline-forming foods?
With the over-consumption of processed foods, refined sugars and flours, factory farmed animal products and bad fats, our bodies have become extremely acidic. To buffer this acidity, the body pulls alkaline minerals like calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium from its pool of resources.
An acidic environment places stress on the body, which can leave us vulnerable to disease. However, we don’t want our bodies to be too alkaline, either – as that produces another host of health issues.
What I want is to bring my body back to neutral. I want to be in balance, so I can promote the healing of my gut.
Which is why I’ve become a lemon fiend.
These little bites are packed with alkalizing foods like lemon juice, seeds, coconut and raisins. They also offer plenty of protein, which makes them a satisfying, filling snack.
What do you make of the whole acid-alkaline thing? Do you believe it’s a valid theory, or do you think it’s hogwash?
This post is part of a month-long series about exploring the raw food lifestyle. With the help of holistic nutritionist Jennifer Trecartin, I’m doing a 28-day raw food healing challenge to improve my Crohn’s disease. At the end of the month, I hope to transition off my medication, which I have been taking since I was 18.
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- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- ¼ cup shredded coconut
- 4 tsp poppy seeds
- ¼ tsp allspice or cinnamon
- ⅔ cup raisins
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- grated zest from half of a lemon
- Process all seeds, coconut and spices until the seeds are well ground. Set aside two tablespoons of the processed mixture in a small bowl to coat finished bites.
- Add raisins, lemon juice and zest to the food processor. Process until all of the raisins are small and the mixture starts to clump together.
- Squeeze and roll the mixture into balls. Coat with the seed mixture and store in the fridge.