Basic Chia Pudding with Almond Milk

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3/4 cup DIVINE ORGANICS raw organic Chia seeds
2 cups almond milk
(prepared with DIVINE ORGANICS raw unpasteurized Almonds,
a dash of ROYAL HIMALAYAN pink salt,
a dash of DIVINE ORGANICS raw ground Tahitian Vanilla
and a sweetener of your choice
(yields 3-4 servings)

Mix the Chia seeds into the almond milk, and let the liquid rest for a while. Stir and then let sit for about 30 minutes. The Chia seeds need about 1/2 hour to plump up. The consistency resembles Tapioca starch pudding. I garnished with raspberries.

This pudding is not sweet, but each bite is satisfying and provides an array of minerals and fiber which you can expect of a nourishing superfood treat.

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3 Heart Healthy Nutmilks

Nuts = Energy food!

Nuts, in general, are an energy rich addition to your diet providing a good source of protein and essential vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids, and fiber. The fats they contain are recognized to prevent heart disease and to protect good HDL cholesterol levels.

By nature, nuts will endure a long winter or hibernation time before sprouting, therefore the secret is to unlock their life spark and nutrition before consumption. Soaking overnight and/or sprouting will be a vital step, and most of the nuts we use, will “wake up” and unlock their energy during this process.

General rule: soak your nuts!
Nuts you DO NOT need to soak: brazil nuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pine nuts, pili nuts, pistachios.

How much nuts should we eat?

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Nuts are super-rich and heavy louden with nutrients and fat, they are not supposed to take more than a few percent in our diet, a handful is enough! or: a good alternative which goes very well with our lifestyle is to prepare nut milks.

3 Heart Healthy Nut Milks:

We posted 3 heart healthy delicious nutmilks on our website, check it out HERE.

Pili Nut Power-milk:
Fully equipped with all 8 essential amino acids, 302 mg Magnesium (highest in all nuts), 100 percent of the daily recommended amount of copper and manganese.

Skinny Nut Milk – Creamy Cashews
“Low fat by nature” and natural anti-depressant, (contains Tryptophan)

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Queen of Nuts -Supreme Almond Milk
(21g of protein and essential source of Vitamin E)

Diana Stobo prepares Pili Nut Milk HERE

A handful a day!

Nuts are an adornment to a meal or a snack in between. A condiment. They are not meals themselves (unless you are crossing the Alps by foot or you have to hide after a nuclear attack for a while).

I hear stories of people going raw and subsequently going crazy with nuts, eating them ground in pates, raw food cakes with every meal and complain to feel heavy —  I could be mistaken, of course, but on the bigger picture it is more harm than good. Keep it to about a handful (which is between one and two ounces for ladies and 3 to 4 ounces for strong guys, depending on the hand) per day – as a snack or liquefied as a nut milk.

Links:

http://www.almondboard.com/HealthProfessionals/nutritionandresearch/Pages/HeartHealth.aspx

Benefits of Soaking Nuts and Seeds

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The main reason soaking nuts is so important is to make their hidden benefits available for digestion. Nuts store their precious life force until nature’s water and sunshine can grow a tree… Natural occurring chemicals and toxins prevent an early sprouting, these are enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid, also tannins.

When it rains the nut gets enough moisture so it can germinate and produce a plant. The inhibitors and toxic substances are naturally removed when the conditions are met. By soaking we mimic the same conditions: the nuts come to live, their vitality profile increases dramatically!

The Benefits of Soaking Nuts and Seeds

  • Enzyme inhibitors get neutralized.
  • The amount of vitamins, specially B vitamins, increase.
  • Minerals and phytonutrients your body can absorb increase dramatically.
  • Phytic acid, which inhibits the absorption of vital minerals, is reduced or eliminated.
  • Proteins are readily for absorption.
  • Breaking down gluten.
  • Beneficial enzymes are produced, which benefits colon health.
  • Tannins, are removed.

Soaking times vary with the nut. Generally the more dense the nut, the longer the soaking time. Ideally, soaking should be done at room temperature, Change the water, if you can, during the soaking time.

Soaking times at a glance:

Almonds: overnight or between 8 to 12 hours
Brazil nuts: do not need soaking
Cashews: do not need soaking but required for some recipes: minimum 1 for pieces, 3- 6 hours for whole kernels
Flax seeds: do not need soaking, but increase fiber when soaked (up to 8 hours)
Hazelnuts: do not need soaking, but will soften up after 8 hours
Macadamia Nuts: do not need soaking, but soften up after 6 hours
Pecans: 4-6 hours
Pine nuts: do not need soaking
Pili nuts: do not need soaking, 3 hours soaking allow their skin to come off and blend up like a creamer.
Pistachios: do not need soaking
Pumpkin Seeds: 3-8 hours (but may not need soaking for consumption, the sources are not clear)
Sesame Seeds: 8 hours
Sunflower Seeds: 2 hours
Walnuts: 4-6 hours

When you are not able to use all the nuts you have soaked, they will keep fresh in the refrigerator in a closed container without water, however, you may rinse them twice a day. This works very well for a few days.

When you forgot to soak, or something went wrong

In emergencies, when you don t have time to soak, just be it! Enjoy your nutmilk without any concern, made from dry nuts, …. don ‘t worry, be happy!

WHY NUTMILK? Do you drink it? If so, why?

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We asked and these are the responses we have gathered over the last year; well done, guys!

  1. You can make it at home easily. That is the biggest benefit to me.
  2. Homemade nut milks are a non-pasteurized and a “living food“, packed full of antioxidants, minerals, phytochemicals, vitamins, enzymes and omega fatty acids.
  3. I drink it because I am lactose intolerant to cows milk.
  4. I don’t like or want to use soy milk.
  5. No animals need to be involved.
  6. Lot’s of vegan protein.
  7. It has all the protein, vitamins and minerals of cow’s milk without cholesterol.
  8. It has more calcium than dairy, this is easy proven!
  9. Usually gluten free (if you don t add a gluten thickener or buy it in a store without reading what’s all inside)
  10. Great for baking, cooking and smoothies, ice-cream and yummy fresh blended!
  11. Different nuts give different tastes and varieties in mineral content.
  12. If you don’t like nuts you can always use seeds ;) check out pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, etc.

I would like to go deeper into the subject in my post:

3 Heart Healthy Nutmilks.

Leave a response, why do you use nutmilks? What are your favorite nut milk recipes? Promise a reward, but i won’t reveal more here.

links:http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Health-Benefits-of-Nut-Milk&id=6135782

http://www.3fatchicks.com/6-health-benefits-of-almond-milk/

http://www.naturalnews.com/027875_pumpkin_seeds_parasites.html