Sunday, August 21, 2011

PH level eating...who knew?

The Humble Bungalow Garden is providing us with some great produce this summer.
Zucchini, swiss chard, potatoes, and red and yellow beets to name a few.

I love yellow beets and not just for their sunny colour 
they taste delicious.

We use the beet greens too.
No waste here, 
just rinse well and gently steam them in a little water 
until slightly wilted.
Vitamin packed with goodness,
and one of Mr. HB's favourites.

I've been reading about inflammation in the body.
The kind that causes aches and pains.

If the body is too acidic it is inflammatory and can cause all manner of troubles...
who knew?
Apparently some problems can arise that are much more serious than just an occasional ache or twinge.

Reducing the consumption of meat, grains and dairy helps rectify this situation.
Greens and veggies are touted to be the body's best friend.

If you want to
Town and Country published an article in the September 2011 issue.
Amy B. Thomas discusses going alkaline
and she mentions a book by Robert O. Young 
 "The PH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health"

I am not prepared to give up all meat, grains and dairy.
My thoughts are to have a wide variety of all the food groups.

As Mother and Father used to say...
"everything in moderation"

Avocados are very alkalizing...

tomatoes too...

Here is an alkalizing tasty salad recipe...
(thank you BFF!)

If you have a mandoline slicer 
you might like to use it for the zucchini 
you'll save some time.

Fresh goodness in a bowl
which accompanied a BBQ Sockeye Salmon dinner.
I served the Whitewater Cooks recipe for Arugula Salad
Vegetable Rotini Pasta Salad 
Stuffed Devilled Eggs
with artisan bread
Cantaloupe melon slices with
 "homemade chocolate cookies."
(Thank you to lovely DIL!)

Whitewater Cooks Arugula Salad

Hope that you enjoy this interesting salad
it has a peppery flavor from the arugula 
and the sweet dressing is complimented 
by the Manchego cheese and toasted hazelnuts.

It really works well together.

Dishes are loaded in the dishwasher
counters wiped
all is quiet
even Pepper has gone to bed.
I'll be turning in very soon myself
It's been a busy day.

I love having the family come by for visits
the house feels more like a home when my kids come by
the sounds of young voices
the laughter...

The lovely Miss Isla's visit was a highlight!
I have to admit I am totally under her spell.
I could sit and watch her every movement for hours
she is perfection.

The Westminster clock has chimed 10 bells
so I am off to slumber.
Sweet dreams to all.


  1. Delish recipes, I am on a bit of a health kick, so will definitely give them a go. I have read about the acidic/alkaline diet too, just seems to me that everywhere says we should cut down on red meat, grains and diary and eat more greens, fruit and pulses - time to listen up for me! xx

  2. Interesting. I like the idea of this sort of dietary way, short term,it might help my indigestion! But I know I could never maintain it, I love my meat and dairy way too much (and am a producer of meat and grains), most grains and breads I can pass on, except pasta and pastries! So very happy avos are good.

  3. It all looks fresh and delicious. Made a lovely spinach, bean, tomato, avocado salad last evening to fill romaine hearts. Have a lovely day ~ Alexandra

  4. What an incredible menu---for me that would have made a week's worth of dinners. I certainly hope you have leftovers!

  5. Arugula is my favorite! Thanks for the vegetable reminder. I fall off the green wagon and always need to get back on.

  6. Looks delicious! I´m impressed by the use of vegetables. Wouldn´t have it any other way.

  7. The only veg,our garden produced this year were Broad beans one of my favs!
    The local grown sweet corn,fresh peas,courgettes have all been on my plate this week.

    Raspberries,damsons, and plums galore from the orchard,and the apples will soon be ready to pick.

    I have never had yellow beets they look yummie.
    Glad you had a fabulous weekend with your family.Ida x

  8. I feel healthier just seeing the pictures and reading this post! I have a friend who believes strongly in the PH theory. She even has a special water filter to filter out the acids.

  9. The zucchini salad looks really yummy. Thank you for the veggie thoughts and photos.

  10. What a delicious and healthy dinner you assembled! Thanks for the information
    on the acid/alkaline, I think you are correct though that all things moderation
    Is a good rule of thumb. I think I will get some local beets , summer squash,
    and tomatoes and try your recipes.......

  11. This recipe sounds great! I just bought a spiralizer and it reduces a zucchini into "spaghetti" in seconds. It's great raw as a salad or cooked in place of pasta. This salad is perfect for a hot summer evening.

  12. I have felt unbelievably better since eschewing all grains, most dairy, and concentrating on vegetables and high-quality protein. The only dairy I consume is high-fat dairy, and the inflammation in my body is greatly reduced.

  13. After reading your very interesting post about healthy foods, I think I did well for our dinner tonight. I made shrimp tacos that included avocado and tomatoes. I feel much better eating less meat and dairy. I also spent the weekend with my daughters. Nothing is better than that!

  14. A few tips on a healthy diet I've recently discovered: consider adding Bragg's apple cider vinegar daily (do a search to read about the benefits), grass-fed and finished beef is far superior to grain-fed as is raw milk vs. pasteurized. Oh, and free range eggs are super healthy too. Add in tons of veggies, limit processed foods and all combined you've made huge improvements in your diet!

    Kate from Texas

  15. What an interesting blog. I shall make sure I visit here more often. Greetings from Ontario.