Soak your nuts for greater nutritional value!
Ever wonder how to soak your nuts for greater nutritional value? Me, neither!! But I’ve learned doing this is greatly beneficial for us humans! Because we’ve been eating nuts wrong all these years!!
Ok So I haven’t always been the most healthiest person on Earth… Wow shocker, right? Hey, I grew up in the 80’s when TV Dinner’s, McDonalds Big Macs, Canned and Processed Foods like Hot Pockets were the staple of most family dinners. I was addicted to Diet Coke, I loved my Wine Cooler’s and Tab. Remember Tab?
I was the skinny girl who ate everything and anything and never gained an ounce. Yet I complained that I thought I was fat!! I would have smacked myself silly back then. If only I were as fat as I thought I was then now!! Fast forward a couple of decades. Past miscarriage, a cancer scare of my thyroid, weight gain, PCOS diagnosis, then diabetes and now early menopause and my DR thinks I have Type 1 adult onset diabetes. Did you know there is a strong correlation between PCOS and Hashimotos? I learned that my thyroid goiter should have been our 1st clue way back then. Well I’m going to learn more about this when I go back to my Dr’s later this week. So more on all of this in a future post.
But why am I giving you all this back-history on my health? To prove a point. Bear with me…
My point is that health issues take on a domino effect, if one thing is misdiagnosed and not treated properly all kinds of havoc can take place as you get older. I’m sure you already know that type 2 diabetes can be reversed. Not so much for type 1, in spite of healthy eating and prescription medication. Whoa back up a bit, back to when I was 1st diagnosed with type 2 diabetes we didn’t know back then about the type 1.5 or what they call adult onset diabetes. Back when I was a kid and still living in Mexico had a great aunt who had both of her legs amputated due to this disease. So, I knew a diabetes diagnosis was serious business! I didn’t want to be dependent on medications my entire life and I knew it was possible to reverse it. So, I sought out the help of a Holistic Health Coach. Especially after talking to the hospital assigned dietician and was encouraged to eat things I didn’t normally eat because I KNEW they were bad for me.
Enter the amazing and ultimate Holist Health Coach, Michelle Sala. I’ve been working with her for the past 4 years now. She’s opened up a whole new world of awareness for me! Stuff I never knew before!! I learn so much from this woman and she’s helped change my life and my view of food and food prep ever since. She’s also the lady who taught me about soaking my nuts. Because I love me some almonds, I could eat them all day long for days on end. There are other nuts out there I love also like Pecans and Walnuts. But I don’t love them nearly as much as I do almonds!!
Did you know…
Nuts and seeds could be a PILL to your digestive system? They have enzyme inhibitors and high levels of Phytic Acid which is a physiological protectant and an antioxidant. It protects the seed/nut until germination. But it’s harmful to humans which causes irritation and nutrient deficiencies because they bind to minerals in our gastrointestinal tract. This makes it difficult for us to absorb the nuts nutrients. All that nut munching isn’t benefiting us in any way when we eat them raw!! Instead we’re just causing havoc in our intestines.
If you love nuts like I do, don’t fret! There is light at the end of this tunnel!! Soaking your nuts will help neutralize the phytates and enzyme inhibitors. Simply soak in water over night, rinse all the gunk off them and lay them out on a baking sheet in your oven in low temperature heat or use a dehydrator. I was surprised to find that I love the flavor of them best this way!! And my family loves them too because there is no acidic aftertaste. What’s more doing this preserves the beneficial fats and proteins we so need! Soaking them increases the bioavailability of important nutrients namely B vitamins and activates enzymes increase nutrient absorption.
I’ve since learned a whole lot more from my health coach now good friend. She’s taught me to do my own research on foods and how to scrutinize labels. I have a lot to share with you! Send me a comment if you’d be interested in a few almond recipes. How to make your own Almond Flower and Almond Butter. Interested in learning how to make Gluten Free & Sugar Free Banana Bread?