The Top 15 Alkaline Diet Foods

The Top 15 Alkaline Diet Foods 2017-06-23T09:48:36+00:00

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One question many people write in and ask me is “What are the best alkaline diet foods?” closely followed by “Isn’t the raw food/alkaline diet expensive?”. This page is here to answer the first question, giving my top high alkaline foods and to dispel the expense notion of the second question.

In the list below, you’ll find the very best alkaline forming foods that you can eat and the vast majority are ones you can buy pretty much anywhere and pretty cheaply too 🙂 I advise eating organic foods and they can still be pretty cheap, especially if you join a local vegbox scheme like I do.

Alkaline diet foods are best eaten raw, as they lose around 80% of their nutrients when cooked but cooked alkaline foods are still immeasurably better than meat, dairy and processed foods.

Here we are, in no particular order…

1. Spinach & Leafy Greens

Full of calcium, vitamin C and PROTEIN (the perpetual and unfounded worry of the raw and vegan diet rookie – not getting enough lol). Make huge a huge veg salad for a powerhouse alkaline meal.

2. Lemons

Yep, they’re acidic in physical form but produce an alkaline ash when they are metabolised by our bodies, so classed as alkaline foods. Drink lemon juice first thing in warm water for a great alkalising liver detox.

3. Grapefruits

Beautiful alkaline citrus fruits. Only 100 calories per grapefruit but take about 20 minutes to peel and eat, so it feels like you’re having a proper meal. All the good feelings associated with eating but a fraction of the calories of a normal 20 minutes’ eating session!

4. Avocados

Contain essential fats and a great addition to your green smoothies, especially if you are looking to either gain weight or not lose any.

5. Cucumbers

Ah the phallic vegetable lol. Put this alkaline diet food in your salads, green smoothies (see my ‘Activator’ green smoothie recipe) or as a vegetable crudité with hoummous.

6. Celery

Goes hand in hand with the cucumber in salads, smoothies and as a crudité. Also, a little known fact is that if you have an upset stomach from poor food combining etc, eat a stick of celery and you’ll feel better in a few minutes most of the time! Worked many a time for me when I’ve eaten fruit on top of something else (oops, naughty!)

7. Kale & Cabbage

Full of green chlorophyll which helps build and cleanse our blood, kale and cabbage are excellent alkaline diet foods. If you’re up for it, juice a whole bag of kale or whole cabbage and drink it straight. Super hard core alkaline kudos if you do! Mega energising!

8. Wheatgrass Juice

Hailed as nature’s superfood. Wheatgrass juice is a pure panacea of the food world. Packed full of essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids (protein building blocks). If you can grow and juice your own, this is fantastic but if not, buy yourself a high quality wheatgrass powder, such as Megagreens.


TIP: Wheatgrass Juice is Probably the Best Addition You Can Make to Your Alkaline Diet Foods Regime


9. Tomatoes

So versatile and one of the rare alkaline diet foods that releases its nutrients when cooked (lycopene – better utilised by us humans in cooked tomatoes).

10. Bell Peppers

Red, green orange…eat in salads, stuff them or use as crudités with hoummous, yum.

11. Coconut Water

Refreshing and light and full of electrolytes that help balance your body’s biochemistry – a great post-workout drink.

12. Broccoli

Full of chlorophyll and a good source of calcium, these little green trees should be part of your every day diet

13. Coconut Milk

Is a great alkaline alternative to dairy milk – it won’t cause any lactose intolerance issues and won’t damage your bones like dairy does. (See my post on the Dangers of Dairy for more on this.)

14. Sweet Potatoes

Great alternative to potatoes and rice and nice and filling.

15. Sprouted Seeds

You can sprout just about any seed in a matter of a few days and they are packed full of energy and nutrients. Try alfalfa, broccoli, chickpea and beansprouts for starters and use in salads.

Your mission is to incorporate these alkaline diet foods into your daily meals as much as possible.

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  1. Francesca July 24, 2016 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Thank you Laura for your book and for inspiring so much a lot of people. I just bought your ebook and I was very happy and surprise to read that in 2008 you were at the UPW of Tony. We were both there and that’s amazing! I’m so grateful. Big hug

    • July 24, 2016 at 11:57 pm - Reply

      Aww thanks Francesca! Small world hey! I hope the book blesses you and that you have abundant health
      Love to you in Italy!
      Laura x

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  3. Carla March 9, 2014 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much Laura for sharing all this wonderful info. I’m enjoying most of these foods every day and even manage gulping down the wheatgrass! I do struggle with grapefruit and celery though. One question, how does kombucha rate alkaline wise? Many thanks!

    • March 11, 2014 at 1:08 pm - Reply

      Hi Carla,
      You’re very welcome Carla, it’s my mission and passion to share this info 🙂 good going with the wheatgrass, best food ever!! Are you getting it fresh or powdered? If you’re interested in juicing your won, here’s the juicer I use and recommend
      Kombucha, whilst not strictly alkaline, is great for balancing your intestinal bacteria. It’s been used for good health for hundreds of years and recommended by Indians very highly. I drink it in replacement of alcohol – rocked up to a party recently with my bottle of kombucha, much to the intrigue of other guests. Felt great the next morn! 😉
      Hope that helps

  4. Debby March 5, 2014 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    I have been diagnosed with High Copper in November 2013. I was eating healthy foods as you have listed here now I am on low copper foods and my body has been more acidic. Do you have any information for me? Debby

    • March 11, 2014 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      Hi Debby,
      High copper, wow, what is the cause of that do you know? I recommend my Alkaline 5 Diet book to get back into alkaline balance and sustain it over the long term – healthy an delicious meals that you can stick with, I’ve done it for 10 years, check it out here

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