The Standard American Diet (SAD) is a major cause of poor health, obesity, and early death in this country. Unfortunately, the cheapest and easiest on the go food is often the worst for you. Good health and proper nutrition takes a commitment. I encourage you to make it a priority and plan meals ahead. Make sure you have snacks in your car and at work or school which are healthy. I often carry fresh fruits, especially apples and oranges which don't easily squish in a purse or back pack. Nuts are a great healthful snack particularly if you prepare them with this crispy nut recipe to make them easier to digest. Carrots and celery also pack well, and you can get individual serving peanut butter packets at the health food store which travel really well. I also often take hard boiled eggs with me when I know I will be out of the house much of the day. Planning ahead with some healthy options can really help resist the temptations of fast unhealthy foods.
Crispy Almonds Recipe
I love this recipe from Sally Fallon’s Cookbook Nourishing Traditions
Nuts contain enzyme inhibitors which make them more challenging to digest, Preparing nuts in this way will make tastier and more gentle on your GI tract.
Makes 4 cups
4 cups almonds
1 tablespoon sea salt
Mix almonds with salt and cover with filtered water. Leave in a warm place for at least 7 hours or overnight. Drain in a colander. Spread on a stainless steel baking pan and place in a warm oven for 12-24 hours (no more than 150 degrees Fahrenheit or 65 degrees Celsius as this will kill the enzymes) . Stir occasionally, until completely dry and crisp. Store in an airtight container.
Skinless almonds will still sprout, indicating that the process of removing their skins has not destroyed the enzymes. Skinless almonds are easier to digest and more satisfactory in many recipes. However, you may also use almonds with skins on.
You can use slivered almonds for this recipe.
You can also crisp peanuts, pine nuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, and walnuts.
hese are a great gift idea, instead of cookies or candy give healthful crispy nuts this year. A great project to do with children, and give to teachers, the mailman etc.