Whether it be almonds, walnuts, or pumpkin seeds, nuts and seeds can be a handy, healthy snack and are good to have on hand for a quick protein food. Chia, hemp and flax seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, the good fat that helps keep us our body in top form.
Soaking nuts and seeds is important too, just like grains.
Soaking nuts and seeds improves digestibility. It is easy to do and is well worth the effort.
Put nuts or seeds in a non-reactive bowl such as glass or ceramic. Cover with filtered water, add 1 tablespoon of unrefined sea salt (such as Celtic or Himalayan) per pound of nuts or seeds. Cover and leave in a warm place for about 8 hours or overnight. Then drain in a colander and spread on a stainless steel pan. Place in a warm oven (no warmer than 150 degrees) or in a food dehydrator until thoroughly dry and crisp. Make sure they are all the way dry or they could mold and won’t have that crispy wonderful texture.
A note about using the salt: The salt helps activate enzymes that de-activate the enzyme inhibitors. For grains, acidic solution to get rid of phytic acid is used. However, nuts do not contain very much phytic acid, but they do contain high levels of enzyme inhibitors. It is interesting to note is that this method imitates the way the native peoples in Central America prepared their nuts and seeds–by soaking them in seawater and then dehydrating them.
The Lamb Shoppe carries the follow raw nuts and seeds:
- Chia Seeds
- Flax Seeds
- Hemp Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Sesame Seeds
- Sunflower Seeds
- Sprouted Seeds