So, I’m pretty sure that word has got around that nuts are pretty great for our health. They are full of fibre, essential fatty acids and plant based protein. They are a great source of energy and I find they can really curb sweet cravings.
Many studies have shown that eating nuts helps prevent cardiovascular disease, lower cholesterol and even lower the risk of cancer.
It’s great to include a variety of different nuts into your diet as they contain different vitamins and minerals, with their own individual benefits. My favourites are almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts and pistachios. Nonetheless, they are all full of antioxidants which help protect the body from cellular damage that contributes premature aging and inflammation.
I love including nuts into my daily diet, i.e blended into energy balls, thrown into smoothies, crushed into stir fries and mixed through granola.
I also like snacking on raw nuts but sometimes I find that I get bits suck in my throat, so incase you have experienced the same or find that they make you bloated, you may want to try soaking them as it makes them so much easier to chew, swallow and digest, along with other great benefits…
Soaking nuts helps to:
- Break down proteins and enzymes into simpler components so that are easier to digest and readily available for absorption.
- Increase the amount of vitamins avalible, especially B vitamins.
- Remove or reduce phytic acid
- Prevent mineral deficiencies
It is best to soak nuts overnight, for at least 7 hours.
My favourite nuts to soak are:
How to soak:
- Place nuts in a bowl or jar and cover with water
- Add a pinch of pink Himalayan or sea salt
- Soak overnight
- Rinse under running water
- Roughly dry in a tea towel
- Store in an airtight jar or container in the fridge and enjoy over the next few days
Much L O V E