Q: How to activate almonds?
Activating almonds is a relatively simple but a lengthy process which requires the nuts to be soaked for 12 hours before being baked or dehydrated for a further 12 hours. The result? More easily digestible and nutritionally beneficial nuts.
What are activated almonds?
Celebrities around the globe are jumping on the trend with activated “advocates” including Pete Evans. The activation process tricks the almonds into sprouting, as well as deactivating the enzyme inhibitors allowing you to get the most nutrients out of them.
You can purchase activated nuts in the supermarket but they often come with a hefty price tag which is why it is easier and cheaper to make your own at home.
Why do we activate almonds?
Raw nuts contain numerous chemicals which actually inhibits the absorption of nuts nutrients. By activated the nuts you breakdown the problematic compounds which enhances their digestibility.
Be wary though, activated almonds only hold their benefits for 24-48 hours so only make as many as you can eat in a couple of days.
What are the benefits of activated almonds?
We all know that nuts are packed with nutritional benefits but did you know that almonds contain 28 essential nutrients? To unlock each and every one of these nutritional benefits it is recommended that you activated your almonds which experts believe helps you digest them more easily.
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How to use activated almonds?
You can use activated almonds as you would raw almonds, just reap the extra nutty benefits.
How to activate almonds
What you’ll need:
What to do:
- 1 cup nuts
- 2 cups of water
- Baking tray
1. Soak almonds in a large bowl of water with a pinch of salt for 12 hours. Change the water every couple of hours, or when it turns murky.
2. Drain and pat the almonds dry before spreading them evenly on a baking tray.
3. Cook the almonds at 25C for 12 hours.
4. Allow to cool before storing in an air-tight container in the fridge,
Are there other nuts that can be activated?
You can also activate cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts and walnuts using the same method.
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