• Christy Whitney

Nuts...are they really the 'ideal' snack?

Updated: Aug 8, 2018

Lets take a deeper look at one of the most popular plant-based ingredients consumed...Nuts!

You've heard that nuts are a wonderful source of healthy fats & protein. In your kitchen, you may have a plethora of  jars full of a variety of different nuts. It’s common practice to eat raw or roasted nuts without doing anything additional to the ingredient. They appear to make an ideal snack that’s easy to take anywhere plus, they are included in many healthy bars/snacks on market. 

Yet, did you know that nuts require to be soaked  before eating them?

Nuts contain phytic acid that make digestion difficult.

When eating nuts that aren't soaked,the phytic acid can bind to the intestinal tract and the nut does not get absorbed.

​​​​​​​What does that really mean?

Even though you are eating something yummy and natural, your body isn’t getting any of the benefits (i.e fats or protein) and it could even be stripping your body of healthy minerals.

​​​​​​​When nuts are soaked, the phytic acid breaks down making the nut now digestible, absorbable and full of good nourishment.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The soaking process is simple and is called sprouting. 1)You cover the nuts in water (with a dash of salt) and ​​​​​​​let them soak for 6-8 hours. 2)Then you strain the nuts in colander (discard the water) and rinse with fresh cold water. 3)Use the nuts immediately for milk/other recipes or dry them in dehydrator (or oven at 150 degrees) to use at latter time.

Soaked (ie sprouted) nuts will last for months stored in airtight container in cabinet. And, a little hidden secret is that they actually taste so much better!

A sprouted nut is crunchier and full of flavor. I promise if you did a blind test on a plain almond and sprouted almond you would easily experience the taste difference.

​​​​​​​This may seem like a lot of work… I get it. (It’s a nut for cryin' out loud!)

However, the truth is that if you want to Feel Good, it's best not to be consuming lots of nuts that haven’t gone through the proper sprouting process.

​​​​​​​The good news is that there are stores like Peoples CoOp that sells sprouted almonds and other nuts.

Also, there are companies that sell products that sprout the nuts and seeds before the recipe is made. You will notice that when you purchase sprouted nuts, you will be paying more for the process.

Now that you understand the steps, you may find the price difference worth it.

​​​​​​​In my own kitchen, I sprout all of my nuts and seeds. I do large batches at a time so that  I have the nuts ready to use for your orders. The almond butter, Protein Powerhouse milk & hummus etc. all contain sprouted nuts. And now you can purchase sprouted nuts and seeds to make your own creations or enjoy then as a healthy snack.

​​​​​​​As your dedicated food wizard, I’m always focused on creating nutrient dense foods that your body can absorb. I want my food to be one of your magical ingredients that assist you in feeling amazing!  

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