Healthy Treats for the Holidays

Nuts: Nuts are an extremely nutritious food if properly prepared. Nuts are best soaked before being eaten. This is because nuts contain numerous enzyme inhibitors that can put a real strain on the digestive mechanism if consumed in excess. Nuts are easier to digest, and their nutrients more readily available, if they are first soaked overnight in warm, salted water, then dried in a warm oven.

Crispy Pecans
4 cups raw pecan halves
1 tsp. Celtic sea salt
filtered water

Soak the pecans in salt and water for at least 7 hours or overnight. Drain in a colander. Spread the pecans on two stainless steel cookie sheets and place in a barely warm oven (no more than 150ºF) for 12 to 24 hours, stirring occasionally, until completely dry and crisp. Store refrigerated in an airtight container.

Crispy Almonds
4 cups raw almonds
2 tsp. Celtic sea salt
filtered water
Soak the almonds in salt and water for at least 7 hours or overnight. Drain in a colander. Place in a bowl and pour boiling water over them. Let sit for two minutes, then drain again. You will be able to easily slip off the brown skins; they can be irritating to the mouth for some people. Spread the almonds on two stainless steel cookie sheets and place in a warm oven (no more than 150ºF) for 12 to 24 hours, stirring occasionally, until completely dry and crisp. Store refrigerated in an airtight container.

Tamari Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
2 Cups Organic Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)
1 tablespoon tamari
1 tablespoon water
Mix water and tamari in a small bowl. On medium heat place pumpkin seeds in a heavy skillet (try to avoid Teflon). As the seeds heat up they will start to pop. If the popping is more than once per second the heat needs to be reduced. Slowly stir the seeds with a spatula. The seeds will start to brown after 8 to 10 minutes of stirring. Watch that the seeds do not burn. The seeds will “puff up”. Once the seeds are a golden brown turn off heat and pour the tamari and water mix into the pan. Quickly mix with the spatula. The mix will initially be sticky, continue to mix until the liquid dries out. Let seeds cool, enjoy.

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