If you’re a busy parent on the go, an athlete looking for a post-workout bite, a traveler looking for a road trip snack … or anything in between! … nuts and seeds are the perfect grab and go nutritious nosh.
But when considering which nut or seed snack fits best with your health goals and lifestyle, the choices can be overwhelming!
As you mull over snack options to promote lifelong health, sprouted nuts should be at the top of your list. But why? In this blog post, we’re breaking down the health benefits of sprouted nuts for those looking to incorporate this delicious superfood into their snack rotation.
If you’re a curious learner who wants to know everything about the foods you eat (we’re raising our hands!), you’re probably wondering how almonds are grown in the first place.
You may be surprised to learn that almonds are a “stone fruit,” or the seed of a fruit called “drupe.” Drupes are fleshy on the outside and contain a shell covering a seed on the inside. When we eat an almond, what we’re actually consuming is this seed!
Almond drupes grow on trees and they mature in the fall, which is seven to eight months after flowering. The tree grows dormant in the winter, which allows it to recharge and grow almond drupes all over again the following year.
Different from raw or roasted nuts,sprouted nuts are soaked in water (typically for 3-12 hours) until they’ve begun to germinate or sprout. In order to properly sprout, nuts must be kept in a moist and humid environment, which makes them susceptible to bacterial growth. Since it’s so tricky to soak nuts in a sterile environment at home, it’s not recommended to sprout nuts yourself at home.
But what are the health benefits of sprouted nuts anyway? Let’s find out!
Research indicates that sprouting nuts can lead to an increase in the amount of antioxidants, amino acids, and vitamin B found inside. In addition, sprouting improves the overall nutritional quality amongst grains and legumes, including almonds!
Phytic acid is an anti-nutrient, or compound that reduces the absorption of certain nutrients within the body. Those who focus a majority of their food intake on grains and legumes (like vegetarians and vegans), are more susceptible to nutritional deficiencies due to high phytic acid content. Phytic acid is commonly found on raw and roasted almonds – in fact, you can even see the phytic acid come off of almonds when wet!
However, sprouted nuts and legumes reduce anti-nutrient content and boost the body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals! Plus, sprouting can help lower harmful phytic acid byup to 81 percent. So you’re able to absorb significantly more nutrients from sprouted nuts than raw or roasted nuts. Pretty interesting, right?
Those with demanding schedules know that sometimes grabbing a nutritious snack between meals is tough!Sprouted grains and nuts are high in fiber, which helps you feel full and satiated for a longer period of time. The high fiber content in sprouted nuts also promotes healthy blood sugar control and slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream!
Increasing your whole grain and nut intake can help lower cholesterol levels, which is one of the key risk factors for heart disease. Sprouted nuts can also help decrease high blood pressure, which keeps the heart healthy.
One study even found that those who ate sprouted legumes at least four times per week had a 22 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease when compared to those who ate sprouted legumes less than once per week!
Sprouted grains and legumes are very tasty and can easily be added to your favorite recipes! Try them chopped on top of a soup or salad or as a standalone snack paired with your favorite fruit or veggie.
If you’re looking for a way to incorporate sprouted nuts into your snack routine, it’s important to know that not all nuts are created equal!
So, for times when you’re looking for a healthy snack,Daily Crunch has got you covered. We sprout nuts (for all the reasons above) and then dehydrate them at expertly low temperatures, to make sure our snacks maintain all of the health benefits of sprouting. We stick to clean ingredients in our flavor profiles so you can satisfy crunch cravings while staying true to your health goals! The result? A light, airy, Uniquely Crunchy™ nut snack that will crush your cravings while fueling your body.
Are you feeling hungry for a sprouted nut snack yet? We hope this blog post can serve as a helpful guide as you familiarize with the many health benefits of sprouted nuts. As always, we at Daily Crunch Snacks are here to root for you on your journey toward lifelong health and wellness. Feel free tovisit our FAQ page to learn more!
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