nuts

/Tag:nuts

Almond Milk: Healthy Dairy Free Alternative

By | 2017-10-29T15:42:00+00:00 July 28th, 2011|Beverages, Recipes|

mmm I love my home made almond milk and it is healthier than what you can buy.  I only use all natural healthy ingredients, no sugar and Organic Unpasteurized Almonds

DidUKnow: Almond milk is an ingredient common in Medieval European recipes, particularly in Lent dishes (milk, eggs, and meat broth all being forbidden in Lent).

The recipe below is my basic quick one.

Ingredients:

1 Cup Raw Almonds
3 cups Water
Few drops of Stevia
1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla extract (optional)

Directions:

1.    Soak overnight (12 hours), pour off water & follow recipe below.
2.    Put almonds in a food processor, run it briefly.
3.    Add a little water, run it longer.
4.    Continue adding water and running the processor until you have a milky liquid.
5.    Add stevia to taste.
6.    Also you can add vanilla if desired

You can make thicker almond milk with more almonds relative to the amount of water.

I don’t mind the bits of almond skin, but you can strain if desired especially if you are planning on drinking it.

Learn why the almonds need to be Raw Almonds 

Best to use Organic Unpasteurized Almonds

To discover the benefits of almonds9 Health Benefits of Almonds

Almond is the ONLY nut that is alkaline.

That is why we teach how to use it properly in the Alkalize Your Body BootCamp and our 2-5-30  Healthy Diet and Detox.

Almonds, the King of Nuts

By | 2017-10-29T15:42:01+00:00 July 18th, 2011|Nutrition, PowerFoods|

Almonds are very tasty and so beneficial for our health. They are my favourite nut; most mornings I add 7 to 10 almonds to my breakfast.

9 Health Benefits of Almonds:

  1. ‘Bad’ Cholesterol is Lowered:  One clinical study showed that almonds added to the diet had a favorable effect on blood cholesterol levels and that none of the study groups experienced weight gain in the study by Dr. Gene Spiller, Director of the Health Research and Studies Center, Inc.
  2. Reduce Heart Attack Risk:  A study showed those who consumed nuts five times a week had a 50% reduction in risk of heart attack according to the Loma Linda School of Public Health.
  3. Protects artery walls from damage:  It was found that the flavonoids in almond skins work in synergy with the vitamin E thus reducing the risk of heart disease. (Research at Tufts University)
  4. Build strong bones and teeth with the phosphorus in almonds.
  5. Healthy fats helps in weight loss:
    Although nuts contain lots of fat frequent nut eaters are thinner on average than those who almost never consume nuts. (data from the Nurses’ Health Study)
    Those who ate nuts at least two times per week were 31% less likely to gain weight than were those who never or seldom at them in a study involving 8865 adults. (WHFood’s article on almonds)
  1. Almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals.
  2. Good brain function:  Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that boost brain activity which may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
  3. A nutrient for the nervous system according to Ayurveda; they help to increase high intellectual level and longevity.
  4. They alkalize the body: Almonds are the only nut and one of the few proteins that are alkaline forming.  When your body is not alkaline enough, you risk osteoporosis, poor immune function, low energy and weight gain.
    Learn more about the benefits of an alkaline body and the dangers of being too acid click here:  Balance Your Body with Acid/Alkaline Balance

Did you know?

  • Almonds are actually stone fruits related to cherries, plums and peaches.
  • 2.51 million tonnes of almonds were produced in 2010 according to Food and Agriculture Organization.
  • United States is the largest producer of almonds. Unfortunately, it also demands that almonds are pasteurized or irradiated. Read more at:  The Killing of California Almonds. Buy unpastuerized almonds Organic Almonds
  • From ancient Egypt to modern times, almonds have always been a popular ingredient in lotions and potions.

almonds - alkaline nut and protein

Almond Nutrition:

This is one very nutrient-dense food which we call a Powerfood.

  • Packed with protein; almonds are 13 percent protein.
  • One ounce (or about 23 almonds) is an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, fibre and protein.
  • Filled with minerals such as magnesium, copper.
  • Filled with B vitamins.
  • […]

SPROUTING NUTS & SEEDS

By | 2017-10-29T15:42:01+00:00 July 16th, 2011|Nutrition, Recipes|

5 Benefits of Nuts and Seeds:

  • Best plant sources of protein.
  • Filled with heart healthy fat.
  • High Energy foods.
  • Powerful Minerals.
  • Needed Vitamins.
Read about all the benefits here: Nutritional Benefits of NUTS & SEEDS

Raw nuts or seeds can have a bitter taste; this is due to enzyme inhibitors. These inhibitors can affect the digestion of the nuts and seeds. Soaking or roasting the nuts and seeds remove the enzyme inhibitors.

The high heat from roasting will remove the enzyme inhibitors but will destroy many of the nutrients.  Soaking them will keep them more nutritious and bring out the natural sweet flavor of the nuts and seeds.

The enzyme inhibitors are washed away when the nuts and seed are soaked; also the digestion of the of the proteins and carbohydrates begins.  Bonus is that the soaking removes 30% of the oil content making nuts and seeds easier on the liver and digestion and of course less calories.

They are not actually sprouted just soaked (3 to 12 hours) which starts the process of sprouting process. Best not to soak for more then the recommended time as  as the sweetness leaves them.

Directions on How to Sprout Nuts & Seeds:

  1. Look over nuts and seeds; remove stones, brown or yellow and broken nuts or seeds.
  2. Rinse nuts or seeds.
  3. Put each type of seed or nut in individual jars then cover with purified water, leave the lid off and soak for right amount of time (see below).
  4. Best to change the water 2 or 3 times while soaking if you can.
  5. Once they have been soaked long enough; drain, put lid on and store in the refrigerator. Use them up in two to three days.
  6. When ready to eat, rinse nuts or seeds.
  7. Nuts and seeds should be rinsed every 24 hours and kept in the refrigerator.
  8. Best to eat as soon as possible, as freshness is what makes sprouts special!
  9. If  you want, you can dehydrate your soaked nuts and seeds at 105 degrees until they are completely dry. Then store in the refrigerator or freezer to keep them fresh.

Almonds: Soak 10 – 12 hours. Use only unblanched raw almonds. If refrigerated will last up to 4 days or sprouts may turn rancid. These are my favorite! Note: All US almonds have been heated so make sure the ones you buy are from Europe.  Make Almond Milk with these soaked almonds.

Pumpkin Seeds: Soak 6 – 8 hours. Eat within 2 days. Use hulled pumpkin seeds.

Sunflower Seeds: Soak 2 – 3 hours. Use hulled sunflower. Skim off seed skins when rinsing as they will make your sprouts spoil quickly. Best to eat them the same day or within 1 or 2 days.

Walnuts: Soak for 4 hours.  Eat within 2 – 3 days. They don’t really sprout because they are not a whole seed but soaking does make them more digestible; even Dr. Oz […]

Special Delicious Vegetarian Dinner

By | 2017-11-17T12:30:45+00:00 December 22nd, 2009|Gluten Free, Main Courses - Vegan Gluten Free, Meatless Monday, Recipes|

This special occasion vegetarian dinner is easy to prepare and a balanced meal in terms of acid/alkaline and food combining.  The most time consuming is the nut loaf but it is so delicious that it is worth it and does not take as much time as cooking a turkey.  Also, it is full of protein from all of the nuts and seeds…even my non-vegetarian friends and family like it.

NUT LOAF

Ingredients:
½ cup cashews
½ cup almonds
10 almonds for decoration
2/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup walnuts (chopped)
1 cup short grain brown rice
1/3 cup soya flour
4-6 tbsp soya sauce
1 onion
2 pieces of celery
¼ cup water
2 tsp basil
2 tsp. marjoram
2 tbsp flax meal

Directions:
1.    Lightly roast cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds in the oven.
2.    Chop and sauté onion and celery.
3.    Chop all the nuts and seeds.
4.    Mix all the ingredients together and moisten with water.
5.    Pat mixture into a well-oiled bread tin.
6.    Decorate top with 10 almonds and line bottom of the tin with greaseproof paper.
7.    Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes.
Serve with mushroom or onion gravy.

Usually, the problem with cranberry sauce is that it is full of sugar. Here is my version of the popular Cranberry Sauce without any sugar which is no easy thing when it comes to cranberries as they are so tart.

CRANBERRY SAUCE (sugar-free)

Ingredients:
1 Package whole, organic cranberries (fresh, not frozen)
1 Organic Apple, cored and chopped
1 cup Apple juice
1/4 cup Organic, Brown Rice Syrup
1 tsp Stevia (Sunny Dew is best)
Pinch of salt

Directions:
1.    Put all ingredients into a saucepan and let simmer for a few moments.
2.    Remove and let cool.
3.    Taste and add more Stevia or Brown Rice Syrup if you like it sweeter.

Nutritional Tips: Cranberries are high in vitamin C, and have antioxidant and antibacterial effects in the body.read all their health benefits here:  Cranberry Benefits

In clinical studies, cranberries have been shown to help maintain a healthy urinary tract and be especially beneficial to the eyes (significantly improve symptoms of cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy)

ASPARAGUS WITH LEMON JUICE

Ingredients:
1 pound asparagus, washed, trimmed, and cut diagonally into 2 inch lengths
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon juiced
Dash of Spike seasoning

Directions:
1.    In a large frying pan over low heat, heat the olive oil
2.    Add Asparagus and cover and cook for 5 minutes.
3.    Add Spike and stir cook an additional 1 minute.
4.    Add lemon juice stir well and serve.

Nutritional […]

Nutritional Benefits of NUTS & SEEDS

By | 2017-10-29T15:42:25+00:00 October 14th, 2009|Health Tips, Nutrition, PowerFoods|

Nuts and seeds are such a favourite food of mine that I  think I must have been a bird or a squirrel in a past life 🙂 Good thing too as they are Powerfoods!

A Nurses Health Study found that nurses who ate nuts five times a week had less heart disease and on average were thinner compared with those who did not eat nuts.

5 Health Benefits:

  1. Best plant sources of protein. The American Cancer Association is recommending a plant based diet for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer.  An ounce of nuts provides 6 g of protein on average.
  2. Filled with heart healthy fat. They contain healthful mono and polyunsaturated fats which are essential in managing inflammation and maintaining the normal structure of every body cell.  People who consumed nuts five times a week had a 35% reduction in heart disease risk according to a British Medical Journal study in 1998.
  3. High Energy foods. They are filled with lots of calories; for example 1 ounce of almonds contain about 165 calories; 1 ounce of Brazil nuts contain about 190 calories. So do not eat too many or you will get fat.
  4. Powerful Minerals. They contain many minerals such as magnesium, zinc, calcium and phosphorus needed for bone development, immunity and energy production.In a study of almost 400 men (age from 45-92) published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition they found a correlation between low dietary intake of zinc, low blood levels of the trace mineral and osteoporosis at the hip and spine.
  5. Needed Vitamins. They are great sources of  B Vitamins and Vitamin E.

Proof of the Power of Nuts and Seeds

A study published in the April 2002 Journal of Nutrition had people replace half the fat in their daily diets with almonds for six weeks. Researchers found that the almond eater’s bad cholesterol went down 6 percent, and good cholesterol went up 6 percent. In addition, blood fat dropped 14 percent. These studies it’s the combination in nuts of monounsaturated fats and protective plant compounds known as flavonoids that reduces the risk of heart disease.

According to research at the University of Toronto, eating heart-healthy foods, including almonds, can help reduce LDL, or the “bad” cholesterol levels, as much as a first-line “statin” drug.

Research at Tufts University found the flavonoids in almond skins work in synergy with the vitamin E in to protect artery walls from damage reducing the risk of heart disease.

Are raw nut and seeds good for you? Ask the Squirrel!

squrrel from Real Food for Life

If you give a squirrel a raw nut, it will not eat it, but always will bury it. It will only dig it up when the nut has sprouted. They have found sensors in squirrels’ noses that can identify a sprouted nut. Raw, unsprouted nuts have enzyme inhibitors that prevent the nuts’ food enzymes from digesting it. Only when it […]