Breaking tradition can be a tough thing to do, especially when you’ve waited all year for the chance to chow down on copious amounts of yummy, rich foods like butter and brown sugar candied yams, sausage-filled stuffing, and sugar-laden pies. And ideally without any of the guilt….oh one can dream!
Unfortunately, many of the most popular Thanksgiving comfort foods can cause excess acid production in the body. This can result in you feeling fatigued, achy, moody, dehydrated, and in need of a good colon cleanse.
Fortunately, there are options that can help to keep acid levels low during Thanksgiving. From alkalizing greens to all natural, homemade pumpkin pie, there are delicious alternatives that will help satisfy your taste buds and leave you feeling refreshed.
Here are 5 tips that can help minimize acid build-up during the Thanksgiving eating season.
Tip 1 - Have fun with fruit juices instead of alcohol.
Number one on the list is alcohol.
This means beer, wine, and hard liquor. Instead, substitute alcohol for alkaline juices like grapefruit (yes, grapefruit!), mango, pomegranate, or pear.
Blend these alkaline fruits together to create a virgin frozen cocktail or simply add garnishes such as pineapples, cherries, lemons, limes, or even strawberries to them to give your fresh fruit juice that refreshing cocktail feel.
Tip 2 - Ditch the dairy, white sugar, and egg dessert.
Try a no-sugar, no-dairy pumpkin pie recipe. Here’s one we found at Oprah.com. This recipe offers variations that will fit most any low-acid diet.
A health-conscious dessert like this will be much less taxing on your system than store-bought desserts, which may contain a number of unhealthy, acid-inducing ingredients.
Tip 3 - Consider creative alternatives to cranberries.
Consider creative alternatives to cranberries. You might be thinking that your signature stuffing just won’t be the same without these tart, tangy treats, but we’re here to tell you that this just isn’t true!
In fact, many people have moved away from the traditional cranberry sauce, not just to cut back on acid, but because experimenting with new and exciting flavors is super trendy and fun!
How about a little mango or chunky chutney sauce instead of cranberry sauce? Peach or pineapple sauce, pear pomegranate, or any other alkaline fruit sauce will also work. Be creative. You can find hundreds of healthy recipes on the internet to try.
Tip 4 - Cool it on the condiments!
Instead of processed condiments and gravies, choose fresh green herbs instead. Or you can try fruity low-acid sauces, cold pressed oils, or onion and mushroom concoctions. You can also add cinnamon, curry, ginger, chili pepper, or sea salt to spice things up.
Tip 5 - Don’t eat dark meat.
Ok, let’s talk turkey. This Thanksgiving staple isn’t exactly bad for you. In fact, an ingredient in turkey called "tryptophan" is actually good for you. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that is important for the production of serotonin – one of the key brain chemicals involved in regulating mood.
It is also necessary for the production of niacin (B3). To reap the benefits of turkey, without encouraging too much acidproduction in the body, stick to white meat. Dark meat can elevate acid levels, thanks to a higher fat content than white meat.
These are 5 simple tips that you can quickly follow and put to practice to help make it a low-acid Thanksgiving dining extravaganza.
We hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving dinner.