'Dress Up' Alkalizing Veggies With These 7 Delicious Toppings - Save Our Bones

Let’s face it…plain steamed vegetables can get a bit tiresome. Yes, they’re super bone-healthy and powerfully alkalizing, so why not dress them up a bit?

Alkalizing vegetables are a very important part of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, which is why so many are included in the Program’s extensive list of Foundation Foods. Eating them should not be drudgery. With today’s delicious seven ideas, you’ll never find veggies boring again!

7 toppings That Add Scrumptious Flavor And Bone-Healthy Nutrients To Boring Vegetables

Savers will notice right away that not all of these toppings are 100% alkalizing. But that’s okay, because these recipes are for 2 pounds of alkalizing steamed vegetables. Thus, the resulting dish will still be pH-balanced.

Simply mix these ingredients together and store in an airtight container in the fridge, or use right away.

Now on to the recipes!

1. Almond-Basil

  • 1/2 cup chopped or slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped basil (preferably fresh, but you can substitute 2 teaspoons dried)
  • 2 tablespoons melted virgin coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil

2. Tahini-Chives-Garlic

  • 1/2 cup tahini
1 tablespoon fresh chives

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

3. Sun-dried Tomatoes-Lemon Zest-Parsley

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes (or ½ cup chopped fresh tomatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

4. Yogurt-Dill-Garlic

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons dill, chopped (preferably fresh, but you can substitute 1-2 teaspoons dried)
  • 1 or 2 (to taste) garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice (optional)

5. Zesty Bacon

  • 3 strips cooked bacon, chopped very small
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons each lemon peel and lemon juice

6. Orange-Mint

  • 1/4 cup chopped mint leaves (again, fresh is preferable but you can substitute 1 tablespoon dried)
  • 2 tablespoons melted virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel

7. Sour Cream-Almonds-Dried Cherries

  • 1/3 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup almonds, chopped or slivered
  • 2 tablespoons dried cherries, chopped

You can treat these like a dressing and toss them with your vegetables, or sprinkle them over the top. No matter how you do it, these tasty enhancements add a new flavor dimension and a bone-healthy nutritional boost.

Adding Flavor Adds Motivation

When you get started on the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, sticking to a pH-balanced diet may seem a bit overwhelming or tedious, which is why including flavor-packed additions is so helpful. I’m sure you’ll agree with me: when your meals are full of color, flavor, and creative recipes, it’s much easier to enjoy being on the Program and stay motivated to build your bones without taking osteoporosis drugs.

In fact, the idea that pH-balanced food should be enjoyable as well as nutritious was one of my primary inspirations for writing Bone Appétit, the Save Our Bones cookbook. Because I really want to see you succeed in reaching your goal to better bone health.

To help further your success, I’ve also included the 30 Day Meal Planner as a free bonus when you order Bone Appétit. The Planner includes tips and ideas to get the most bone-building benefit from your daily eating habits, and it also provides a guideline for 30 days’ worth of meals that nourish your bones and taste fantastic.

There’s no need to experience pH-balanced boredom!

I’d love to hear some other bone-healthy meal enhancements you’ve tried. Please feel free to share with the community by leaving a comment below.

Till next time,

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  1. Catherine Gilmour

    Simple sauce for steamed veg is Tahini mixed with miso. to your taste, then add warm stock or just hot water, stirring to mix to your consistency. Can vary with different types of miso. Quick, easy and delicious.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      It does sound delicious, Catherine! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sue Beer

    Steam green beans, drizzle with olive oil and some salt. Top with almond, basil. and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Yum. FYI these beans are from our garden.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Thanks for sharing this, Sue 🙂

  3. Diane

    I am having trouble finding a diet that is good for bones and also compatible with chronic kidney disease.

    • Save Institute Customer Support

      We’re eager to answer your question, Diane, so please check your email inbox within the next 24 hours.

      In good health,
      Customer Support

  4. WIlma Findlay

    What alternative is there for coconut oil? I’m one of those people who can’t stand coconut in any form, even if it is healthy. Thanks.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You can replace it with olive oil or avocado oil.

      • Cathy B

        For us with heart disease, coconut oil is a definite no, along with palm oil, according to the American Heart Association and my cardiologist. Coconut oil has too much saturated fat to be considered healthy. I use a good quality extra virgin olive oil.

  5. bea

    hi vivian i just opened your e-mail and i can hardly wait to try these recipes because i think veg. are so bla just plain can you tell me how long these will last in the frig i would to make them up so i can get to them in a hurry. thank you vivian you are a god sent bea

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      My pleasure, Bea!

  6. Ann Summers

    I made the Quinoa/Apricot treats. Very good but I couldn’t find tart cherries without sugar and oil added. I also am still finding Quinoa in my kitchen. Have to get that top on fast.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA


  7. B.silvia

    Add more nutrients to your rice, pasta, soup,etc, by putting a green tea bag in the water, it adds no taste, a bit of color, but packs a lot of nutrients into the water you are cooking with.

    • Ester

      Do you recommend a particular brand of green tea that is not manufactured using fluoride? I like green tea but I’m trying to avoid fluoride per Vivian’s recommendation. I got a water filter, got rid of fluoride toothpastes and mouthwashes, and don’t allow my dentist to apply fluoride.

  8. mary frank

    Although I realize not everyone is vegan/vegetarian, I do not know why you include meat in some of your recipes. My thought is that if someone wants to add it, they can do that on their own. Pork products, in particular, are not good for humans to consume. And unless meat, like chicken & eggs, is not organic, it is not a good thing to put in one’s body. One more food source that is acidic!

    • Susan

      Hey, everything in moderation. Three chopped up pieces of bacon won’t kill anybody and adds a heck of a punch. At the same time, I try not to make a habit of it.

      • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

        Yes, all things in moderation, including bacon! 🙂 It’s easier these days to find natural bacon that is free of nitrites and nitrates. And if you prefer, go with preservative-free turkey bacon!

  9. Ms. L. Carmel

    Dear Vivian,

    Those Vegetable Toppings Sound Really Delicious! Thank You Very Much For Sharing Them With Us!

    Take Care And Stay Well.


    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You’re very welcome!

  10. Susana

    I don’t do “gooey white stuff,” so I’ll pass on many of these, but I have a topping of my own that I like. Asparagus drizzled with nothing more complicated than raspberry vinegar. And when I can’t find raspberry, I’ve used an orange champagne vinegar that I got at Trader Joe’s. I used to sprinkle plain celery seed on some of my steamed veggies. More recently, since I’ve learned the value of chia seed, I add it.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Thanks for sharing your topping ideas, Susana!

  11. Pat Boyer

    I like these recipes. Bet they could be used as a dip for fresh uncooked veggies too.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Good idea, Pat. 🙂

  12. Haifa

    Can osteopenia be reversed?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Haifa and Barb, the purpose of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program is to show you how to reverse low bone density and build stronger, more flexible, and fracture-resistant bones!

  13. Barb

    Can brittle bones be helped, or does your program just save the good bones?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      The program is designed to improve bone health at all levels, Barb.

  14. Rose

    Thanks so much Vivian for these great veggie dressing ideas! I can’t wait to try them!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I hope you’ll let us know how you like the results, Rose!

  15. Betty

    Thanks for these. It adds to my repertoire of including herbs and nuts when preparing meals. On vacation right now and suggestions are always welcome for variations.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You’re welcome! And enjoy your vacation 🙂

  16. Susan

    Are these recipes in your new book? I wonder about all of the recipes that you have sent out since the book came out? In any case, thank you for all you do, Vivian.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Susan,
      These “topping” recipes are not in Bone Appetit. 🙂 But the concept of adding nutrition and interest to bone-healthy foods certainly is!

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