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In a Nutshell

Why do I want to activate and sprout?

Nuts, seeds and legumes all contain Phytic Acid – a toxin found in the fibre, not a friend to your body. When we digest phytic acid it binds to mineral that are important to us, like magnesium, Zinc, iron, calcium, chromium and manganese. Bound minerals usually cannot be absorbed in the intestine; to me this is like putting the effort to go to the gym and only getting half the results. Sprouting as well as activiating (soaking) before cooking will neutralize these nasty acids. It will also increase the amount of minerals, vitamins (especially B Vitamins) and protein readily available for absorption. Remember "it’s not what you eat; it’s what you digest and absorb.”

The added bonus of sprouting is:

*It inactivates aflatoxins – potent carcinogens – in grains.

*Increases vitamins, you will get more B vitamins and carotene in the little beady things and vitamin C is also created in the process.

*I’m sure you have heard the children’s poem “Beans, beans, the musical fruit, the more you eat, the more you toot…..” Well sprouting (almost) fixes the flatulence issues with legumes because the complex sugars responsible for intestinal gas are broken down into simpler glucose molecules.

*Sprouting Alkalizes, which is great for our bodies as we tend to be higher in acidity with modern day eating. Even legumes tend to be acid-forming but sprouting them effectively makes them a plant…which are always alkalising

*The process increases enzymes, which counter acts the fact that these foods contain enzyme inhibitors?!? Meaning if we can increase the enzymes in our food and use less of our enzymes from our bodies to do the breaking down, we stay younger, for longer.

Sprouting also produces a crunchier and tastier version of your nuts and seeds.

How to break in to that super NUTrition….

To activate - soak the nuts and seeds overnight in water with a pinch of sea salt in either a bowl or saucepan with a cover (or pop in to soak before you leave for work and take out in the evening). After rinsing and draining you can eat or usewet in recipees straight away They will keep for a couple of days but to extend shelf life drain, then spread out on a baking tray (no oil or baking paper needed) and dry in the oven for 12-24hrs at the lowest temperature possible (less than 150F for gas ovens, on the pilot light)or a dehydrator if you are blessed to own one of these. Now the best part of this is that you can store in a container in the freezer. I like to soak on bulk so I have a stash for using to make muesli, smoothies or simply snacking on.

Tip: Ensure they are very dry and crispy otherwise they will go mouldy.

Sprouting tall and strong

Sprouting takes a little bit more time but I always find it fun to see them starting to sprout and become alive! It’s like being in the garden and watching your fruits or your labour blossom. Plus you will benefit more from the sprouting process than just soaking, there is more nutrition in food that is alive and growing than a dormant dried one!

Soak nuts, seeds and legumes as above (take a look at the chart for a rough time's, but I generally just do over night unless an oily nut like cashew and macadamia’s, as they can go a little soggy). In the morning drain and rinse well in a sieve. Leave the legumes in the sieve or pop in to a dry bowl and cover. Leave on the counter for about 2 - 3 days, rinsing well twice a day. In the summer you will need to rinse more often. You will then start to see the magic happen and white shoots will start to form after a day or song put into a storage container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

I love to steam Legumes lightly and put in to salad’s and toss though stir fries, casseroles and soups. Also great as a snack, simmer in a little chicken stock and add a dash of tamari.



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