The Kinda Easy Guide To Soaking and Sprouting Nuts & Seeds

Soaking and sprouting nuts is the healthiest way to add nutrient rich foods to your diet.  It is no shocker it is a good choice to snack on a few almonds as a healthy alternative to the usual lunch break vending machine options.  Unfortunately if you experience gas, bloating, fatigue, headache, stomachache, these are all symptoms your body is having a hard time digesting these nuts.  

Raw Nuts Are Not The Best Choice

The main reason why raw nuts can cause more harm than good is because of the enzymes inhibitors, goitrogens, and phytic acid.  These are natural ways of nature protecting the nuts and seeds in during the growing process.  

The problem comes once we ingest these nuts raw without proper preparation.  Basically these goitrogens and phytic acid not only block the nutrient absorption in raw nuts but they can also nutrient deficiency.  In fact raw nuts are absolutely not suitable if you suffer from anemia, arthritis, osteoporosis, low zinc levels or other mineral deficiencies.  Meaning if you know your body is struggling absorbing essential nutrients, well this simple step by step guide to soaking nuts and seeds will be tremendously helpful.  


Get The Most Out Of  Your Almonds! 

If you’re already regularly buying nuts, you know they can get pricey which is why it is a good idea to get the most for your buck and health.  

Almonds are an excellent source of fats and nutrients.  They are a staple in the health community.   Almonds contain biotin, magnesium, Vitamin E, fiber, and a handful of antidioxants.  There are numerous ways to eat and enjoy the health benefits.  Almonds are a delicious and hearty snack that boost health.  The nutrient dense nuts have been proven to decrease heart problems and conditions reducing risks by 37%.  They are packed with heart healthy fats which lower LDL (bad cholesterol), risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.  

Soaking almonds allows you to get all those great benefits.  Soak 1 cup of almonds, with 1/2 tablespoon salt, and enough water to cover the almonds.  The almonds get puffy and plump in the water so make sure to add enough water to keep them submerged for 8-12 hours.  Rinse the almonds after and dehydrate in a dehydrator or oven until moisture is removed.  If you want to take it a step further before dehydrating, you can sprout them in a sprouting jar for 2-3 days

Cashews Are Different

Most nuts and seeds can be soaked overnight, but not cashews.  Cashews should only be soaked for 6 hours or less as they can get soggy and rubbery even after dehydrating.  It is best to soak cashews during the day to avoid forgetting them in water too long.  The drying and dehydrating times are the same.  

Sprouting Seeds

After soaking seeds for 8-12 hours you can easily sprout them in a jar.  Not necessary but it not only helps your digestion they also look pretty cute with a tail.  Kids love that! 

Always Keep It Simple In The Kitchen

Keeping it as easy and simple as possible will make a huge difference in the way you see the extra work you put in the kitchen.  Who has time to soak and sprout their nuts and seeds right?  Buying nuts in bulk and soaking in several mason jars at a time allows the time to do this about once or month, of coarse depending on how fast you go through them.