Most people know the health benefits from eating almonds – they are packed with protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. Recently we’ve seen a trend of people soaking or sprouting almonds before eating them. It is said that soaking almonds can increase health benefits and make them easier to digest.
The brown skin on an almond contains an enzyme inhibitor that protects the nut until sunlight and moisture levels are just right so it can germinate. Buy soaking the almonds, the skin will shed releasing the enzymes for easier digestion.
Interested in giving it a try?
You’ll need raw whole almonds, water, and a bowl. Add 2 cups of water per ½ cup of almonds. Let the soak overnight. In the morning, drain the water and store almonds in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh for about a week.
Want to take it to the next level?
You can release more benefits by sprouting the almonds. Spouted almonds are softer and have a little bit of a sweeter taste. By sprouting almonds, you release lipase, an enzyme that digests fat. To sprout almonds, follow the same steps as soaking, but place them in a mason jar with a tight lid after draining. Leave them in the refrigerator for a couple day. You’ll see about a 1/8 inch sprout from the almond.