Lets Talk About All Things Almonds

Lets Talk About All Things Almonds

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 

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.

  1. Soak your almonds as instructed above, for a good crop of sprouting almonds you need around 2 – 3 handfuls of almonds.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

How do you add almonds to your diet?

Whats your favorite almond recipe?

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