Out of the nuts, the almond is one of the nuts that get forgotten about regularly as a sustainable part of our diet. But these simple sweet nuts are one of the best ways we can incorporate protein, fiber, vitamin E, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium and zinc in to our diet with our relying on dairy or meat products. So I thought it time I should start taking the almond nut more seriously, especially as I am intolerant to gluten and lactose
How To Prepare Almonds
Before I start looking at how we can all sat adding more almonds to our diet, there is one important thing we have to remember. Most find almonds difficult to digest because of an enzyme-inhibiting substance in their brown coating but by soaking or sprouting your almonds removes this inhibitor enabling the enzymes secreted during digestion do their job.
To Soak Them
- Simply cover them with water in a bowl overnight for 12 hours (Almonds absorb the water and swell up while they are soaking, so make sure your bowl is big enough and the water level is a couple of inches above your almonds.)
- Drain, discarding the water your almonds where socking in and refrigerate them in an air tight container. (They last in the fridge for 2 – 3 days before going off.)
To Sprout Them
To use this method you need to use raw untreated almonds.
- Soak your almonds as instructed above, for a good crop of sprouting almonds you need around 2 – 3 handfuls of almonds.
- Once you have drained your almonds, lay them out on a large plate. (Your Almonds don’t have to be in a single layer, you just need to give them a bit of space.) Then place them in your windowsill for around 2 days.
- Soon you will see your almonds starting to ‘sprout’ (tiny white tail appears from the narrow end), as these start to appear pop them into the a recycled clean glass jam jar and then in to the fridge. (Your sprouted Almonds will keep for up to 2 days in the fridge) Or you can use them straight away that day.
Different Ways You Can Incorporate Almonds In Your Diet
- Almond Milk – You make almond milk the same ways as rice milk by just swooping the rice for your soaked or sprouted almonds. The only difference between rice milk and almond milk is almonds are sweeter, so you’re less likely to want a sweetener. I have found adding some vanilla pods to my almond milk also makes a nice variety on my breakfast cereal occasionally.
- Homemade Almond Flour – An alternative to use in cakes and biscuits.
- Homemade Almond Butter – Tasty alternative to peanut butter.
- Almond Pesto – Perfect with any simple pasta dish.
- Flourless Lemon Almond Cake – Great treat for Sunday afternoon treat.
- Spicy almond pilaff with chicken
- Spiced Almonds – A healthy snack instead of a packet of crisps or bar of chocolate.
- Butternut Squash Smoothie – Makes a refreshing drink to have min morning
- Raw Vegan Parmesan Style Cheese – Tasty addition to any pasta or noodle dish.
- Unbaked Fudgy Brownies – A great indulgence
- Chicken Salad With Almond Dressing – Jazz up your summer salads with this almond salad dressing.
- Spinach And Apple With Crispy Almonds – Tasty and tummy loving salad to have at lunch time or for a lazy summer tea.
- Almond Biscuits – Perfect with a cup of tea and a good book.
- Toasted Almond Crunch Topping – Great to add that extra crunch to your apple crumble.
- Honey and Almond Crunch Cereal – The best cereal to start the day with
How do you add almonds to your diet?
Whats your favorite almond recipe?