Snack foods can be a challenge when you’re on an alkaline diet, but these three recipes bring a serious level of deliciousness to eating alkaline. They’re simple to prepare and take 30 minutes or less to make from start to finish. Instead of thinking of snack foods as guilty pleasures, try these recipes made with foods that important parts of a healthy alkaline diet.
Almond Butter and Apple Quesadillas
The apple-almond butter quesadillas are a tasty treat that’s the easiest to make, and kids love them and love to help making them.
Ingredients per Person
- 2 spelt tortillas
- 2 tablespoons almond butter (smooth or chunky)
- 8 thin apple slices (organic please!)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
For each person, toast 2 tortillas either in a toaster oven or regular oven on a baking sheet or pizza stone. Toast the tortillas just until crispy. Put them on a cutting board or platter and spread each tortilla with a thin layer of almond butter. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the almond butter, layer the apple slices over the almond butter and top with a tortilla. Slice into wedges with a pizza cutter.
Chopped Veggie Salad with Quinoa
The quinoa salad is loaded with crunchy vegetables that bring important vitamins along with alkalinity and a healthy dose of fiber.
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed in a fine sieve or strainer
- 2 cups chopped red and/or yellow bell peppers
- ½ cup chopped red onion
- 2 cups chopped cucumber
- 3 cups halved cherry tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Fine sea salt to taste (use at least 2 teaspoons)
- Freshly ground black pepper
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the quinoa, lower the heat to medium, and cook the quinoa, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes until the quinoa has expanded and you can see the little spiral part of the grain. Lower the heat again and stir often, until all the water has evaporated and the quinoa is tender. Take the pot off the heat and let the quinoa cool. Do not rinse the cooked quinoa.
In a large bowl, add the quinoa and the chopped vegetables and mix well. Add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper and mix again. Serve chilled with lemon wedges.
Sweet & Spicy Nuts
For a real treat, the sweet and spicy nuts are truly addictive! Try adding walnuts or hazelnuts to the nut mix, or just use the nuts that are your favorites.
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 cup raw pecans
- 3 tablespoons tamari
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon cayenne
Heat your oven to 325 degrees F. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit a large baking sheet. Mix the raw nuts together and spread them over the parchment paper in a single layer. Bake the nuts for 8 minutes.
Mix the tamari, maple syrup, and cayenne together in a bowl large enough to hold all the nuts. When the nuts have baked for 8 minutes, take them out of the oven and carefully add them to the tamari mixture. Stir well to coat the nuts, and then pour the nuts and any remaining liquid onto the parchment paper. Spread out the nuts in one layer. Bake the nuts again for 10 minutes. Take them out of the oven and turn them with a spatula, and put them back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven and let the nuts cool before handling them. When they are cool, break them apart gently with your hands. These store well in a tightly closed container for about a week.