DIY Lifestyle: Soaking Almonds

Happy Friday!

How’s your week been? Hope it’s been a good one!

As I’m redirecting my art biz goals this year and subsequently expanding the scope of this blog a bit to bring you more inspirations for creative and happy living, I thought it would be fun to share some of my other creative projects I’m working on from time to time. I always enjoy it when other artists share their non-work-related creative projects, so I hope you’ll enjoy mine, too 🙂

I’m sure many of you creatives can relate, but I like doing/making stuff from scratch (or as “from scratch” as possible). I find it so satisfying and empowering to learn to make something and do it myself. I know it’s not always practical to do things myself, but at least I learn how to do it, and I appreciate having the knowledge.

I’m particularly excited about DIY-ing when it comes to eating healthy. I’m passionate about eating organic, fresh, whole foods as much as I can. Maybe it’s because I’m becoming middle-aged, but I’ve been noticing more and more the effects foods have on my physical and mental well-being. I’m learning to listen to my body more and becoming more proactive about taking care of myself.

I can’t create inspiring and joyful art if I’m not well mentally, physically, or emotionally, you know?

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A fun Northwest themed book cover I worked on a few years ago.

I’ve been learning more about food and nutrition and trying different ways to incorporate more healthy eating habits in my everyday life.

So today, I wanted to share with you how to soak nuts for healthy eating. Enjoy!

First of all, let me confess: I’m nuts about nuts. I’m especially nuts about almonds. It’s kind of an addiction… They’re great snack packed full of beneficial nutrients and taste SO good! Mmmmm.

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As much as I love them and want to keep eating them all the time, sadly, my body doesn’t digest them very well, and I’ve noticed weird taste in my mouth if I eat a lot of them. Yuck.

I’ve been reading about nuts and learned that there are some toxins that are present in nuts, seeds, and grains to protect themselves, and soaking them will help remove the toxins and will help make it more digestible in human body. (Just a disclaimer: I’m no nutritionist and haven’t done any extensive study or anything. I got a ton of information about how to soak nuts, seeds, and grains and nutritional benefits of it on this website in case you want to learn more!)

We usually buy our nuts in bulk at our grocery store, but they don’t carry organic soaked almonds there. So I decided to soak almonds myself and see how they turn out!

Here is an illustrated recipe of how to soak and dehydrate almonds!

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Information from healthyblenderrecipes.com. Note: you don’t need to dehydrate them if you’re using your almonds for soups or dips right away.

Here are some actual photos from the process.

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These almonds had been soaked for a few hours already, and you can see the gunk in the soaking water already.
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You want to soak them in filtered water (about 2x volume of nuts) with a tea spoon of celtic salt dissolved in it.
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Cover the bowl with a thin flour sack cloth or other breathable cloth. My 100% cotton block printed artichoke tea towel did a perfect job!
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After soaking them for about 24 hours, I drained and rinsed them throughly. Then I put them in the dehydrator to dry.
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They were dried in the dehydrator for about 24 hours. Then I turned them off and let them cool/dry for another 12 hours or so.

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This is an extra step, but I love roasting nuts! I think they taste so much better when roasted. So crunchy and extra nutty.

After the nuts were completely dehydrated, I roasted these in a baking sheet at 350°F for 10-15 minutes. You need to check/stir occasionally to make sure they’re not burned. When they burn, they burn very quickly and will continue to burn even after you take them out of the oven! I had an unfortunate accident a couple of times before 🙂 I listen for the crackling sound and the aroma of almonds and pull them out when I start hearing/smelling them.

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Ta da!

I must say, it was kind of a lot of work just to eat some nuts, but I’d imagine it’ll become less of a hassle if I do it more often and it becomes a routine. I hope it makes a positive difference for my system!

Eat well and have a lovely weekend, my friends!

xo Yuko

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4 thoughts on “DIY Lifestyle: Soaking Almonds

    1. He he actually I’m taking a little break because I couldn’t stop eating them!! When it comes to nuts I pretty much lose all my self control!! 😀

  1. Good to see you cookbook cover art here! I thought it looked familiar! I like how all your interests get integrated into your artwork.

    Here¹s to the nuts!

    Sandy

    From: Rosemarys Blog Reply-To: Honeyberry Diary Date: Friday, February 12, 2016 at 8:03 AM To: sandy haight Subject: [New post] DIY Lifestyle: Soaking Almonds

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