Friday, September 2, 2011

Soaking Raw, Organic Nuts

Everyone loves that handful of walnuts or almonds, but what you probably didn't know is that you aren't getting all of the benefits of the nuts you are eating. Nuts contain enzyme inhibitors such as phytic acid, which make it harder for your body to digest them, much less absorb all of the needed nutrients. By soaking the nut it releases the enzyme inhibitor, which in turn releases the good enzymes and all the other beneficial nutrients.

Benefits of Soaking Nuts and Seeds
  • Neutralizes the natural occurring enzyme inhibitor.
  • Increases the amount of vitamins your body absorbs.
  • Makes the digestion of the nut much easier.
  • Reduces Phytic acid, which inhibits the absorption of vital minerals. 

  •  If you are NOT going to dehydrate your nuts then soak an amount you will eat within three or four days because they will mold.  If they start to stink and the smell doesn't wash away after you rinse them a few times THROW THEM OUT.
  • Soak nuts in filtered water in a glass or stainless steel bowl in the fridge. 
  • Change the water once or twice a day
  • Rinse nuts each time you change the water
  • After soaking overnight, lay nuts on your dehydrator trays and dehydrate them for 12-18 hours or until dry and crunchy.
  • Store them in the fridge for a longer shelf life.

Kaia Foods--quick and healthy snacks


I found this wonderful product at my local whole foods market. The only Kaia Foods products I have tasted are the sprouted and dried sunflower seeds (teriyaki, sweet curry, and cocoa mole). All three flavors are excellent. Teriyaki has a very light flavor that focuses more on the natural flavor of the sunflower seeds than the spices, but that teriyaki after taste is definitely prevalent . The sweet curry has an initial sweet taste, but right away you get the kick from the cayenne pepper which makes this one my FAVORITE! The cocoa mole has a light cocoa flavor, but the best part of this treat is the spicy cayenne kick and the chocolate cocoa flavors being mixed together in your mouth. These snacks are perfect to leave at work for a healthy snack between meals or fantastic addition to that boring old salad.

The buckwheat granola looks fantastic. I hope that I can find it at my whole foods or local health market and give you a review on that as well. 

 Ingredients: sprouted sunflower seeds*, raw agave nectar*, curry powder*, wheat-free tamari*, cumin powder*, garlic powder*, cayenne pepper*, and sea salt. (*organic)

Ingredients: sprouted sunflower seeds*, raw agave nectar*, raw cacao powder*, vanilla extract*, cayenne pepper*, and sea salt. (*organic)

 Ingredients: sprouted sunflower seeds*, wheat-free tamari*, raw agave nectar*, ginger powder*, garlic powder*, and cayenne pepper*. (*organic)