Let’s look at why you need to be organized so that you don’t get caught out when you are out and have to grab fast food. I keep hearing the same story from people as to why they end up grabbing fast food or packaged food for lunches, etc. The main reasons I hear is the convenience but a big one is being out and about and you are hungry and unprepared.
Let’s face it, almost all packaged food has little nutritional value and the secret to staying on track with good nutrition is to always be prepared. If a packaged food has more than 3 or 4 ingredients, I personally would question its nutritional value. Keeping small containers or zip-lock bags of activated nuts and seeds in your handbag (or man-bag) is a simple way to always have your nutritional needs on hand. It is important to activate your nuts and seeds by soaking them and then drying them.
I have just put a variety of different nuts and seeds to soak and will them dehydrate them later and leave them to dry overnight. They can also be flavoured – eg tamari almonds are delicious and nutritious! All nuts and seeds contain phytic acid in the outer layer or bran. You need to removed the phytic acid as it can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc in the intestinal tract and block their absorption. This means that you miss out on many of the wonderful nutritional benefits of nuts and seeds and for many people, you also end up with an upset tummy. Soaking also removes the tannins and neutralizes the enzyme inhibitors which then encourages the production of beneficial enzymes and also allows the body to absorb the protein from the nuts and seeds.
To activate your nuts and seeds, soak them in warm, filtered, salty water. You can also use apple cider vinegar or lemon but I generally just use salt. All nuts and seeds take different amounts of soaking time with almonds and 2 hours. Another upside of activating your own nuts is not just the nutritional value, but the economical value. I get my organic almonds for approx 18/kg but to buy them activated costs $74/kg. So this way, you save your health and your pocket! I am also sprouting some seeds and legumes for salads over the weekend as well as to make a sprouted gluten-free raw bread. I will use some of these nuts and seeds to make some delicious but as always nutritious raw crackers. I will also use some of the soaked almonds to make the most amazing gooey raw chocolate fudge cookies full of ingredients that are packed with health benefits. You can grab the recipe here. A little bit of preparation and that’s my lunches and snacks sorted for work next week.
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