did you know whole almonds with skins provide the most heart healthy benefits… new research on almonds adds to the growing evidence that eating whole foods is the best way to promote optimal health.
the flavonoids found in almond skins team up with the vitamin E found in their meat to more than double the antioxidant punch either delivers when administered separately, shows a study published in the Journal of Nutrition.
in addition to healthy fats and vitamin E, a quarter cup of almonds contains 62 mg of magnesium plus 162 mg of potassium.
almonds reduce the risk of heart disease, lower ‘bad’ cholesterol, build strong bones and teeth, as well as aid in weight loss, among a myriad of additional health benefits.
to soak or not to soak, that is the question.
10 benefits of soaking your nuts and seeds
- To remove or reduce phytic acid.
- To remove or reduce tannins.
- To neutralize the enzyme inhibitors.
- To encourage the production of beneficial enzymes.
- To increase the amounts of vitamins, especially B vitamins.
- To break down gluten and make digestion easier.
- To make the proteins more readily available for absorption.
- To prevent mineral deficiencies and bone loss.
- To help neutralize toxins in the colon and keep the colon clean.
- To prevent many health diseases and conditions.
for an in depth explanation and the benefits of soaking your nuts and seeds, check out this article at Food Matters.
ultimately the choice is up to you. if you do not soak jump to step 3.
to soak. pour raw almonds into a mason jar, fill with filtered water, and let soak on the counter overnight, no need to cover just be sure there is enough water in the jar so that the nuts remain covered in water, since they will plump up when soaking.
the next morning, preheat your oven to 350°, rinse the almonds in cold water and spread into an even layer across an ungreased baking sheet.
since making a fresh batch of almond milk yesterday i had the left over almond pulp, so i roasted it alongside the whole almonds for use in my homemade almond meal.
bake for 10-15 minutes, you should smell the fragrance of almonds when done. sprinkle with your favorite salt [optional], let cool, and store in a glass container with lid.
that’s it, homemade roasted almonds, a much healthier choice than store bought roasted almonds.