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Let’s get real, are you soaking your nuts?

Hello Nut Lovers!

We are going to get a little nutty here today, Oh yeah!

When clients say they won’t eat nuts because it causes them digestive distress, I ask the simple question, and it is this: Do you soak your nuts?
Ouch, help! My belly hurts bad!

Then … I get a weird look and the reply of ummm.. no, why? Well, I will tell you why. read on my nut loving friend.

So why should you soak your nuts? ​So there is this thing called phytic acid that nuts have and this is what prevents premature germination of the nut. This also helps the nut to store nutrients for germination and growth.

​I have an analogy here, I love analogies. Consider it like a egg, it has all the building blocks to create one complete whole organism, except certain things have to take place, within an egg to become a chick it needs to be fertilized, same for a with a nut to become a tree, it needs dirt and water. What does this mean? ​ Well for one were not growing trees, so when we consume that nut it is raw form, phytic acid impairs mineral absorption.

​Booo, what a bad deal right? So to allow for proper mineral absorption soak your nuts!

The good news is that nuts contain smaller amounts of phytic acid then grains do. Still… don’t you want to absorb all the good stuff a nut has to offer? I know I do and this is why I soak my nuts.

Now the biggest reason to soak your nuts is they have a high amount of enzyme inhibitors. These enzyme inhibitors impair the digestion of proteins. (This is one reason why beans cause such digestive upset.) Bottom line soaking inactivates the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors, which leads to greater nutritional value and less digestive discomfort. So what do I soak my nuts with?
Egg + Proper Conditons = Chicken Watch me to see! Nut + Proper Conditions = Tree

Ok, so….. I did not do it this way to begin with someone said soak your nuts and so I soaked them, duh. What I didn’t know is that I was supposed to add salt. Well, a little secret it works without the salt too, but the problem with not using salt is that without salt your not fully breaking down these irritating compounds, salt allows you to do this while preserving the nuts beneficial fats and proteins.

How do I soak my nuts?

Easy just dissolve salt in water, pour over nuts using enough water to cover. Cover with a clean towel if in a bowl or mason jar then leave in a warm place for the specified time below. Then drain in a colander, and dehydrate.

Almonds
1 cup raw almonds
1 teaspoon sea salt
filtered water
Soaking Time: 8-12hrs, or overnight
Dehydrating time: 24-48 hours, until dry and crisp

Cashews
1 cup of “raw” cashews
1 teaspoon sea salt
filtered water
Soaking time: 2-4hrs
Dehydrating time: 24-48 hours, until dry and crisp. Store in an airtight container.

Macadamia nuts
1 cup of raw macadamia nuts
1 teaspoon sea salt
filtered water
Soaking time: 2-4hrs
Dehydrating time: 24-48 hours, until dry and crisp.

Peanuts (skinless), Pine nuts, or Hazelnuts (skinless)
1 cups of raw nuts
1 teaspoon sea salt
filtered water
Soaking Time: 8-12hrs, or overnight
Dehydrating time: 24-48 hours, until dry and crisp. Store in an airtight container.

Pecans or Walnuts
1 cups of nuts
1 teaspoons sea salt
Soaking Time: 8-12hrs, or overnight
Dehydrating time: 24-48 hours, until dry and crisp
Pecans can be stored in an airtight container, but walnuts are more susceptible to become rancid so should always be stored in the refrigerator.

Pumpkin seeds-Pepitas
1 cups of raw, hulled pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon sea salt
Soaking Time: 8-12hrs, or overnight
Dehydrating time: 24-48 hours, until dry and crisp

I am well aware that there are a ton more nuts and seeds out there, so drop me a line if you have any nutty questions.

Cashew Later, Nutmasté – The crazy in me recognizes the crazy in you.

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I am Aimee. Welcome to my website. Whether you are thriving with a chronic illness or just want to get a little bit healthy. I hope I can be your guide.