I love soaked nuts and I always have them in my refrigerator. Soaking nuts can make them easier to digest for some individuals especially those suffering from digestive issues. In addition, it will allow you to have the benefit of using them with an entirely different flavor and unique texture depending on the nut you soak.
Nuts are packed with vitamins, minerals, provide healthy fats and are a great source of protein. Even though they have a very impressive nutritional profile, it is important to remember nuts are relatively high in calories so you need to keep your portions in check. I use soaked almonds and walnuts in a lot of the recipes I create, especially when working with kids and picky eaters.
EXTRA: Many studies have shown that nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts and other nuts can benefit your heart. Did you know that peanut is actually a legume? Botanically, peanuts are not nuts; they are edible seeds growing in pods. While peanuts belong to the single plant family, Leguminosae, nutritionally, they are very similar to tree nuts.
- Simply put 2 cups of raw, whole nuts in a large bowl and rinse them with water once, cover them with a few inches of water, add a table spoon of natural sea salt or raw apple cider vinegar and soak overnight in the refrigerator.
- Make sure to change the water every couple of days and finish using them within 7 days.
- Add a few to your favorite morning oatmeal
- Add an extra crunchiness to your afternoon snack by simply adding a few to your favorite fruit
- Ground them and sprinkle on your favorite fresh fruits or vegetable for an added creaminess and garnish with your favorite herb such as mint
- Chop a few pieces and add to your favorite salads for a unique texture of fresh crunchiness
- Sprinkle a few on your favorite yogurt with a spoon of maple syrup and sprinkle with a touch of natural sea salt
- Add soaked almonds or walnuts to your party snack bowls with your favorite fruit