I feel like there are two kinds of people: Those who can’t stop eating nuts once they’ve started, and those who could take ‘em or leave ‘em. I’m totally a take ‘em or leave ‘em kind of girl, and the whole ‘have a couple handfuls of raw almonds as a snack’ thing just didn’t have me like, “Ahhh! YES! Raw almonds! I can’t wait to eat them!”
But…I used to eat them anyway because being healthy and fit required a bit of sacrifice on my part. I’d power through those almonds even though what I really wanted was a chocolate covered granola bar, not those hard, tasteless seeds. Anyone else with me on this??
Almonds are rich in nutrients like Vitamin E (an antioxidant), contain healthy fats like omega-3s and monounsaturated fat which help curb your appetite and make you feel full for longer, and they’re full of dietary fiber and protein. They’re literally the perfect snack. So I felt like I had to keep eating them… Then I discovered something super awesome.
YOU CAN SOAK ALMONDS
It gives them a different taste and texture so that they’re easier to chew, and in my opinion, they taste way better. AND, it makes them even healthier!
The Health Benefits of Soaked Almonds
The brown peely skin of almonds contains tannin which, believe it or not, inhibits nutrient absorption and makes the almond difficult to digest. When you soak almonds, the skin peels off more easily and releases all of it’s nutrients, including an enzyme called lipase. Lipase is beneficial for fat digestion. It helps transport and process dietary fat, of which almonds contain a lot.
How to Soak Almonds
Super easy. Place raw, unsalted almonds in a bowl, cover completely with cold water, and place in the fridge overnight. After about 12 hours of soaking, drain them and place in a glass jar or a ziplock bag. Sometimes I’ll put a damp paper towel in the bag to keep them moist. Soaked almonds should be eaten within a week.
The Bottom Line
I’m not saying that raw almonds are super unhealthy and that you should now only eat soaked almonds. I’m saying that if you’re like me and aren’t crazy about raw almonds, then try soaking them for a fiber and protein dense snack full of healthy fats.