How To Get A Lot More Nutrition From Nuts And Seeds
I highly recommend that you include nuts and seeds in your diet, and below are some tips for getting more nutrition from them...
1. MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY "RAW"
There is a major difference between nuts & seeds that are "raw" and nuts and seeds that aren't "raw" and the difference is "life" and "death"...
If you planted a raw almond in the ground you would get an almond tree, and if you planted some raw pumpkin seeds in the ground they would grow into pumpkins, but unfortunately almost all of the nuts and seeds that are sold in stores these days have been roasted, toasted, or pasteurized in order to extend their shelf life and these heating processes usually kill the nuts and seeds as well as cause them to lose some of their nutritional value, and to make matters worse most of them also have added salt and added oils.
Please understand that when you take something like almonds and you roast them at 350 degrees and then you dip them in oil and salt you are taking a "health food" and converting it into a "junk food"!
A lot of people don't realize just how much of the foods that they eat are actually seeds. (Oats, Rice, Wheat, Corn, and Beans are all seeds, and even things like Cocoa Powder is simply ground up Cocoa Seeds.)
But if you took a bag of "Quaker Oats", or a box of "Uncle Ben's Rice", or a can of "Bush's Baked Beans" and you planted them in the ground none of it would grow into anything because they're all dead and lifeless seeds due to all of the heating and processing that they have undergone, and a lot of people are living on a diet that is mostly made up of "Dead Seeds" and other "Dead Things" which is why when they switch to a diet that is based on raw and living foods they suddenly feel a lot more "alive".
Examples Of The Life Force In Raw Nuts And Seeds
* There have been cases where seeds that were thousands of years old were found in the ruins of ancient cities, and when they were planted they still grew!
* Time-lapse photography has showed that some seeds will actually drill themselves into the ground if they don't get planted!
* Millions of the trees in America are only here because squirrels will bury tree nuts in the ground to eat later and sometimes they forget where they buried them! (This is known as "Accidental Squirrel Gardening".)
2. ROTATE THE TYPES OF NUTS AND SEEDS THAT YOU EAT
There are a lot of different kinds of edible nuts and seeds out there, so ideally don't just limit yourself to "Peanuts", and keep in mind that each of the different nuts and seeds have their own unique nutritional benefits...
* "Pumpkin Seeds" are a good source of "Zinc".
* "Flax Seeds" are high in "Omega 3 Fatty Acids".
* "Brazil Nuts" are really really really high in "Selenium".
Eating a variety of nuts and seeds will help you to get the full benefits of having nuts and seeds in your diet, and because nuts and seeds can be stored for long periods of time why not stock up on them and have a handful of Almonds today, a table spoon of Chia Seeds in your smoothie tomorrow, and maybe a few Brazil Nuts as a snack the next day?
3. CRACK THEM OPEN YOURSELF
Not only will nuts and seeds that are still in their shells retain more nutrients, but if you have to crack them open yourself you will be far less likely to overeat them. (Which is important because it is very easy to overeat nuts and seeds.)
In nature you would have to take the time to crack nuts and seeds open yourself but in grocery stores you can buy big bags of already shelled and ready to eat nuts and seeds as well as jars of "Nut Butters" like "Peanut Butter", "Almond Butter", and "Cashew Butter" which are especially easy to overindulge in since you don't even have to take the time to chew them.
Nuts and seeds are very nutritious, but they are also very calorically dense and on average are arond 80% fat, so an ounce or two of nuts a day can be beneficial, but a pound a day is way too much for virtually anyone in my opinion.
4. SOAK THEM BEFORE YOU EAT THEM
Nuts and seeds contain something known as "enzyme inhibitors" and the purpose of enzyme inhibitors are to protect the nuts and seeds by keeping them in a hibernation state until the right conditions for life to begin present themselves (such as rain) and soaking nuts and seeds in a bowl of water is one way of "tricking" the enzyme inhibitors into thinking that it's time to let the seeds "wake up" and start to grow.
Nuts and seeds are harder to digest than fruits and vegetables, but if you remove their enzyme inhibitors and turn on their life-force it will be easier to digest them, plus soaking nuts and seeds will also raise their water content and make them bigger and more filling so you will be satisfied with eating less of them.
Below is a chart which shows how long you need to soak the various kinds of nuts and seeds in order to remove their enzyme inhibitors.
Once the recommended soaking time has passed drain the water (which will look brown and dirty due to the phytic acid that was removed from the nuts and seeds during soaking) and then rinse the nuts and seeds well with clean water before eating them.
* Keep in mind that as the nuts and seeds are soaking in the water they will expand, so only fill your container about half full of nuts and seeds, then fill the rest of the container with clean water.
5. SPROUT THEM BEFORE YOU EAT THEM
Once you have soaked your nuts and seeds you can then take it a step further if you wish by actually sprouting them.
When you sprout nuts and seeds they become a lot easier to digest as well as a lot more nutritious.
Even a lot of the grains which normally have to be cooked before eating such as Beans, Lentils, and Chick Peas can actually be eaten raw if you take the time to sprout them first.
And for anyone out there who eats cooked grains just because they are high in protein and you worry that you won't be able to get enough protein on an all raw diet, you should know that grains are actually higher in protein when they are in their sprouted form. (Plus cooking can actually damage and decrease the amount of usable protein in foods!)
Of course, in order for nuts and seeds to sprout they have to be alive, and if you have ever wondered if the nuts and seeds that you are eating are dead or alive there is no better way to find out than to see what happens if you try to sprout them.
Sprouting nuts and seeds is a bit more complicated than merely soaking them in water, but thanks to YouTube it is incredibly easy to learn how to sprout nuts and seeds, so please take advantage of the fact that sprouting tutorial videos are free and sprouting seeds are inexpensive and start enriching your diet with fresh sprouts!
To learn how to sprout click HERE
6. TURN THEM INTO MILK
If you have a high powered blender you can take your soaked or sprouted nuts and seeds and use them to make "Nut Milks" such as "Almond Milk", "Coconut Milk", "Hemp Milk", etc.
Not only are nuts and seeds that have been blended into "Nut Milk" easier for us to digest but more importantly they provide us with a very healthy alternative to dairy.
Back when I first decide to stop drinking dairy the only plant based milk that I could find was "Soy Milk" and I would have to go to a health food store just to get it.
But nowadays the plant based milk section at the local grocery store in my area is almost as big as the actual cow milk section and it has everything from "Vanilla Almond Milk" to "Chocolate Hazelnut Milk" to "Strawberry Coconut Milk", and having seen this evolution happen over the years helps me to be a lot more optimistic about the future.
Supporting the dairy free alternatives when you shop is great, but you can also learn how to make your own "Nut Milks" at home for a lot less money by clicking HERE