Cod Liver Oil

Traditional Method: Soaking Nuts & Seeds

A Variety of Nuts & Seeds SoakingNuts and seeds are nutrient-dense and easy to munch. They also contain a lot of enzyme inhibitors and plant toxins, like phytic acid, which is why it’s best to soak them in warm, salty water.

When you skip soaking, the inhibitors inside of nuts and seeds can prevent your gut from absorbing the nutrients in this otherwise nutrient-rich food.

These inhibitors weaken digestion, steal nutrients from body, and can cause food sensitivities. If you already struggle with weak digestion or a condition like osteoporosis then you will want to do all you can to keep your gut strong.

One of the best ways to minimize harmful enzyme inhibitors and toxins is to make your own nuts and seeds at home with the recipe below.

Traditional Method

1) Choose raw and organic nuts or seeds.

2) Place in a large, glass mason jar or stainless steel container.

3) Add enough warm water (80-85 degrees F.) to cover nuts and seeds; shake jar gently.

4) Dissolve sea salt into water.

  • 2 Tbsp. sea salt per 4 cups of pecans or walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp. sea salt per 4 cups of almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts, macadamias, cashews
  • 2 tbs. sea salt per 4 cups of pumpkin or sunflower seeds

5) Cover loosely with a lid and put in a warm spot (70-72 degrees) for 7-15 hours; unless your’e soaking cashews which is 6 hours tops or they’ll get slimy. According to this article, by Weston A. Price, the longer a nut/seed is soaked, the more phytic acid is removed….they recommend up to 18 hours. Check out our incubator kit to help keep temperatures steady.

6) Drain in a fine-meshed strainer, rinsing well.

7) Enjoy nuts and seeds as they are, or sprout and/or dehydrate them.

  • Dehydrating: Place nuts or seeds in single layer on a tray in dehydrator (or in sun) at 115 degrees for 8-24 hours until crispy. Dry completely to prevent molding. Typically, longer a seed/nut soaks, longer to dehydrate.
  • Sprouting: Do small batches at once. Rinse and drain every 6-8 hours until they taste good. Place in a clean, dry jar and store in fridge.

How to Soak Grains

Oven Incubator Kit

Pumpkin Seed Butter

Nuts, with exception of almonds, are not recommended if you have a digestive issue or on Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D). If you are experiencing an active viral infection, then best to avoid all nuts/seeds-due to their high arginine count.

References

Fallon, S. (2001). Nourishing Traditions. Washington, DC: New Trends Publishing, Inc.

Fallon, S. and Enig, M. (2000). Be Kind To Your Grains…And Your Grains Will Be Kind To YouThe Weston A. Price Foundation.  Retrieved from http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/be-kind-to-your-grains

https://caloriebee.com/diets/Food-Enzyme-Facts

https://blog.radiantlifecatalog.com/bid/69542/That-s-Nuts-A-Complete-Guide-to-Soaking-Nuts-and-Seeds

Nourished Kitchen. (2009). Sprouted Grain: Benefits, Preparation and Recipes. Retrieved from http://nourishedkitchen.com/sprouted-grain/

Wellness Mama. (2016). How (and why) To Soak Nuts & Seeds. Retrieved from http://wellnessmama.com/59139/soaking-nuts-seeds/

May all bellies be happy!

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Reply

Copyright © 2016 - 2019 Happy Bellies. All Rights Reserved. Created by Blog Copyright.