Do certain nuts (especially almonds) ever make you feel bloated or ‘heavy’ as though they aren’t digesting properly? Or, maybe they even give you gas. As someone with digestive issues, I can tell you that soaking your almonds vs not soaking them makes a WORLD of difference with both digestion and energy. Here’s why…
Benefits of Sprouting Your Almonds Beforehand…
Not only is eating raw, organic almonds important, but soaking and germinating/sprouting them before consuming them is just as important in order to reap the many health benefits of almonds. Here are a few of the benefits…
Easier to Digest – The first step in germinating/sprouting your seeds is soaking them in water. The soaking process neutralizes most of the enzyme inhibitors (phytates) within the brown skin of the almond allowing for much better digestion. Almonds should be soaked in clean water for 12-24 hours.
Improved Absorption of Nutrients – Most nuts also contain phytic acids, which are considered to be anti-nutrients, meaning they bind with the minerals & nutrients within the almond and, as a result, are not absorbed by the body. Once you soak and germinate your almonds, most of these phytic acids will also be neutralized ensuring better absorption of the nutrients within almonds, such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc.
Increases Nutritional Value – Not only will your body be able to absorb the nutrients from almonds better from soaking and sprouting them, but the process of germination will actually increase the Vitamin C, B, and Carotene content drastically! You literally go from eating a ‘dead’ food to eating a super (living) food!
This explains why raw, sprouted almonds (or almond butter in this case) actually gives you more energy and alertness instead of making you feel sluggish due to malabsorption.
How to Store Your Almond Butter…
It is imperative that you store your almond butter in the refrigerator in order to retain as much of the nutritional content as possible. In most cases, raw sprouted almond butter will keep in the fridge for about 1 month (try not to double dip though).
Ways to Incorporate Sprouted Almond Butter into Your Daily Diet…
- Eat it as a snack with veggies, such as celery (my favorite way).
- Eat it with a banana & some raw honey (yummy)
- Add some to your gluten free muffins or gluten free pancake recipes
- Add a scoop to your green smoothies
- Spread it on a gluten free cracker as a snack
- Mix it in with your banana ice cream
- Make gluten free almond butter cookies
- Add it to your morning oats or chia pudding
- Make your own chocolate almond butter cups
- Use it to make homemade granola bars
- Get creative… Almond Butter is extremely versatile!
See Recipe Video Below for Full Instructions