Although I like cookies, cakes, pastries and other sweets, it’s nuts that I go to when I want a snack. I eat them often, and I tend to eat them raw. Of course, I do like them flavoured, but I eat them raw and ‘nude’ so to speak because I know that they’re better for me that way.
I usually eat almonds, cashews, walnuts and hazelnuts. And sometimes chestnuts. Walnuts are my favourite. And I always have a selection of nuts in my fridge.
It’s best to eat nuts right from the shell. They tend to be fresher and will have less opportunity to be rancid. But I can’t be bothered shelling them. (I’ll tell you about my chestnut peeling failures some other time!) So, I keep them refrigerated, in the hopes that they’ll last longer there.
Recently, I started soaking my nuts. I’ve read that they are easier to digest and that their nutrients become more easily absorbed into our bodies. I really enjoy the taste and texture of the soaked nuts. I have found that sometimes almonds feel squeaky or ‘weird’ on my teeth when I eat them raw. Soaking them gets rid of that feeling. I also find that soaking nuts makes me feel more satiated when I eat them. I can eat less and feel full longer.
If you do want to soak your nuts, add them to a bowl or container, add some filtered water and make sure they’re fully covered with the water. Let them sit, unrefrigerated for about five to eight hours or overnight. When they’ree finished soaking, drain and rinse them well. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.
I’ll save my other treats for another time. This is something that I’m learning. It’s kind of new to me. I’m taking it one day at a time. I know that there are left over chocolates and cookies from Christmas in the house. They’re ‘hidden’ on the top shelf, in a pretty green casserole dish. And that’s where I want them to stay. I’ll keep you posted on how that works out for me!