Soak Your Nuts!

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Seriously…why are we told to “soak our nuts?”

A discussion was had at last night’s class about why we would soak our nuts or grains. The idea is to cover them in water for at least a few hours to start the germination process. I wanted to elaborate on the reasons a bit more.

Soaking nuts, seeds or grains help them to become more digestible.

Better yet, their fat content is reduced and their protein content elevated!!! (Wish it would be so easy for humans, right? Soak in a tub, lose 10 pounds and gain muscle!!)

When nuts, seeds or grains are soaked, they are more likely to have nutritional benefits. In other words, giving us nutrients rather then just fat!! The enzymes become more bioavailable.

An interesting tidbit is that nuts and seeds have a protective peel with toxins that protect it from being eaten. When you soak them, this is actually reduced. Most animals already know this. That is why squirrels don’t immediately eat their nuts, they bury them! This does the same thing as soaking. They eat them after they have “germinated.”

Ok, so this does take an extra bit of time and some thinking ahead…. yes. But, it is so worth it. What I usually do is at night, I will cover my grain (let’s say brown rice) or nuts (cashews) in water. In the morning, I will rinse and cook. Or in the case of the nuts, put them in a jar (in frig) until needed. Get it? So simple and makes such a difference!

As always, practice Mindful Nutrition and take care of your Balanced Body!!

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About Ana Goldseker

I am a whole foods coach specializing in weight loss. I help people with food addictions and building a food plan that works for them. Please visit my website at www.mindfulnutrition.net for more information.
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2 Responses to Soak Your Nuts!

  1. Try it Vegan says:

    Considering all of the books and articles that I have read, this is was explained the best written and most concisely. You made it so simple, thank you! 🙂

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