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SPROUTING NUTS & SEEDS

By |July 16th, 2011|

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 is a great fan of them.

Cashews: Soak for 2 – 3 hours.  They don’t sprout because they are not a whole seed but soaking does makes them better for making puddings with.

Nutritional Benefits of NUTS & SEEDS

By |October 14th, 2009|

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 sprouts are these inhibitors deactivated. Smart Squirrels!

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.

The best way to get the most nutrients from nuts and seeds is to start the sprouting process by soaking them.  Watch a video where I explain more about sprouting nuts and seeds here:  Sprouting nuts and seeds video