Why you need to activate nuts and seeds
Truth be told, you really don’t need to.
Look, there’s no denying activating nuts and seeds before eating them unlocks many wonderful health benefits – way more than eating plain ol’ dry nuts or seeds, but for many people (including me) the process of activating my healthy snacks each week isn’t possible.
Life is busy enough as it is, so if you’re reading this wondering whether you should take time to activate your almonds, I offer the following information and advice…
Activate your nuts and seeds if:
You have the time to do it.
Well duh! But seriously, this process takes time – mainly the roasting part, which you really need to monitor in order to get right (burnt almonds = dangerous, not delish!).
With most things in life, increased effort = increased benefits, but if you’ve got a lot on your plate right now, soaking and roasting nuts and seeds isn’t going to cure your ails.
The activation process may help you digest nuts and seeds easier, which leads me to suggest you should definitely consider the activation process if…
You don’t digest ‘dry’ nuts or seeds very well.
If you love ‘em but hate ‘em at the same time because of the way they make you feel (translation: if they make you bloat, run to the loo, feel sluggish after eating) it’s probably best to explore further…
By ruling out any intolerances or allergies to nuts (been there, done that) you’ll have peace of mind before that what you’re putting in is doing great things.
If you get the all clear, then soak, roast, eat and see if that makes a difference (I’m confident it will).
You want to turbo charge your healthy eating regime.
All good, I get it. I applaud you! I’ve been there…that point where you take things to the next level – and let’s face it, activating your nuts…hardcore!
However! A friendly warning… Don’t be mistaken like I was – chowing down on activated nuts won’t cure all your ails, nor will it help you drop a dress size.
Repeat after me: too much of a good thing is too much.
You’re a curious soul who has time on your hands this weekend.
Go for it!
Oh, and errr…can you make me a batch while you’re at it?
- Nuts or seeds (I recommend at least 4 cups of nuts/seeds)
- Filtered water
- 2 tablespoons sea salt (the salt breaks down a particular acid - phytic acid - to make nuts and seeds easier to digest)
- An oven that allows a 65-70C or 135F temperature
- Time and patience!! This is the most important ingredient because the process of ‘activating’ nuts in the oven takes 12-14 hours. During this time it’s crucial to turn nuts/seeds every few hours to ensure they roast evenly.
- Cover with filtered water and sea salt to soak 7-12 hours
- Drain and dry
- Spread evenly on baking tray and lightly roast for 12-14 hours on lowest setting (I recommend 65-70C/135F)
- Eat and enjoy!