Nuts, they're everywhere you look, (at least everywhere I look), in energy balls, as a replacement for flour, as a good protein replacement for meat, to get you through that 3pm slump....and yet, I've been working with a lot of clients lately who have said they feel nuts don't work for them. Raw nuts are just a winning healthy snack, loaded with protein, healthy fats, fibre and important minerals like selenium, calcium, magnesium & zinc. However, nuts also contain natural chemicals that can interfere with the absorption of these nutrients. Raw nuts contain enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid that can reduce the body’s ability to absorb certain nutrients properly. Eating large amounts of raw nuts can put extra pressure on poor old gut (which is already stressed out from living in the 21st century) and so often people complain of bloating, fatigue, heaviness and nausea. So what’s the answer? Activate them!
What are activated nuts?
Activated nuts have been soaked in water and salt for a period of time, which starts off the germination or sprouting process, then cooked or 'dehydrated' at a low temperature (under 100). Soaking increases the nutrient value of the nuts along with breaking down the problematic compounds that help enhance their digestibility. It's not difficult or time consuming, remember I am a lazy baker and a busy mum, so I hurl those guys in a bowl of water, throw in a teaspoon(ish) of salt, forget about them for 24 hours, then drain them off and lay them on an oven tray to cook at around 100 over night. Only problem arises when you forget they are in there and turn the oven on higher to cook something else. We've all done it...; 0 )
So get soaking and activating. Your guts (and nuts) will thank you for it.