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Extra Healthy Nuts

Extra Healthy Nuts

Nuts are a wonderful, satisfying health food.  They’re great by the handful or in yogurt, trail mix, nut butters, desserts, asian dishes, etc.  But they can also be difficult to digest and cause some people stomach pain and GI distress.  This is due in part to enzyme inhibitors that occur naturally in nuts.  Traditional cultures neutralized these inhibitors by soaking nuts in salt water.  This makes the nuts easier to digest and even increases their vitamin content.  This simple technique optimizes nuts’ nutrition and slow roasting gives them a delicious flavor and crunch.

How to Soak and Roast Nuts

Ingredients:

  • 1 part nuts (any kind, shelled)
  • 2 parts water
  • salt
Directions:
  • Pour water into a bowl or mason jar.  For every cup of water dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Add the nuts, cover and sit at room temperature for 8-12 hours
  • Drain off all the water and spread nuts in a single layer on a cookie sheet or baking pan
  • Bake on your ovens lowest setting (ours is 180 degrees) until they’re crispy.  Time varies widely – a 150 degree oven will retain the most nutrition but could take 12+ hours to cook (too long for us).  A 200 degree oven usually takes around 2 hours.  Stir the nuts a couple times during cooking to prevent them from sticking.
  • Let the nuts cool before storing and dig in!
Notes:

 

Note: I was introduced to the idea of soaking through the book, Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon: http://www.amazon.com/Nourishing-Traditions-Challenges-Politically-Dictocrats/dp/0967089735/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346089725&sr=8-1&keywords=nourishing+traditions.  This book/cookbook challenges many aspects of our modern diet and presents alternatives based on traditional methods of food preparation.  It’s a really interesting and informative read.

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/s58y/4415406430/

 

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