This weeks blog recipe is perfect for the kiddies lunches, or after school snacks. Though we thought this one up for use when visiting friends and family and we don’t have access to our dehydrator but need a go-to snack bar recipe. It is very simple and quick and only uses a half dozen or so ingredients, oh and it tastes marvelous!! ( at least we think so! )
We all know that seeds and nuts can be super nutritious, and of course they are a staple in many peoples raw diets. Raw nuts make amazing cheeses, cake and pie crusts, sauces, dips, and a whole long list of awesome raw delights.
The thing is these nuts that are good for us also contain natural toxins that protect themselves but can be somewhat harmful to us. Generally causing bloating, and other digestive complaints. Not to mention improper absorption of nutrients as well.
The toxic coating contains digestive inhibitors that make it hard for our bodies to actually digest the nutrients that we are after by consuming them in the first place.
However the solution is simple really, in order to release these digestive inhibitors and allow ourselves to benefit fully while feeling good as well we must soak our nuts!!
Soaking nuts allows for the proteins to be more readily available, it helps remove any “anti-nutrients”, it increases the potency of many of the nutrients including B,C and A vitamins, it promotes the growth of healthy enzymes therefore aiding in digestive health and simply keeps us from not feeling so great afterwards as well. We are sure some of you, like us, have experienced once or twice unwanted stomach upset when finishing a handful or two of un-soaked raw nuts. Soaking nuts doesn’t have to be for hours and hours. A minimum of 20 minutes or for as long as 12 hours will help. We like to put a little lemon juice, or apple cider vinegar in with our water while soaking, it helps encourage the friendly bacteria and promote beneficial digestive properties. After soaking the nuts rinse them off and if you like to eat them on their own ( soaking can make them soft) you can put them in the dehydrator to achieve that crunchy texture again. Once soaked and dehydrated the nuts will keep for quite sometime. Refrigeration is recommended if you intend on keeping the nuts for some time.
What are your favourite ways to enjoy raw nuts? Do you have a favourite? Are they a big part of your diet?
Ah yes its that time again, back to school!! For some an exciting time but for a few of our customer who have shared with us that they are a bit stressed about what to send their children to school with as far as raw and or vegan lunches and snacks go, they wanted a bit of guidance. Here are some fabulous ideas that are tried, tested and happily enjoyed by both younger and older children ( we may have had a nibble here and there ourselves!!)
Snack Ideas: ( because the raw/vegan often contains nuts be sure to be aware if there are any “nut bans” in your child’s classroom)
* If nuts are a go, an easy snack that can be made ahead in large batches is flavoured dehydrated raw nuts. Soak any type of raw nut for about 20 mins and rinse well. Place in a mixing bowl with your choice of flavours. We like cilantro lime, raw cacao and coconut oil, agave vanilla. The choices are endless. Simply mix well and dehydrate for 6-8 hours.
*Fruit roll ups are always a hit with kids but these fruit rolls ups are made with only fruit, nothing else. Using your fruit of choice, or a combination simply blend until pureed and pour onto your teflex sheet covered dehydrator tray in round circular shapes. Dehydrate for 8-12 hours (some fruits take longer than other so check periodically)
* Veggies and dip is another great one, a raw dip can be made rather quickly out of zucchini, tahini, lemon, olive oil and sea salt.
* For a sweeter snack try Raw chocolate nib cookie dough balls (blend together 1 cup of raw cashews with 1/2 cup of oat groats then add 2 tbsp of agave and 1 tbsp of yacon syrup( or more agave) continue blending and add 1 tsp of vanilla powder, stir in 1/4 cup of raw cacao nibs, roll mixture into small balls and place in fridge) Yum!
*Celery sticks can be filled with either raw nut butters and raisins or goji berries, or raw nut pate
*Raw crackers and guacamole,salsa or hummus
*Raw zucchini pasta ( spiralized zucchini with a raw pesto or tomato sauce)
*Of course salads of any kind ( fruit, cabbage, greens etc)
*For older kids pack a “do it yourself” wrap using collard greens, nut pate, avocado,tomato. The child can stuff and wrap their own, this often gets the other students curious!!
*Kale chips!!! So many varieties 🙂
*Smoothies and fresh juices are great as well as long as they are packed appropriately of course
Hopefully we have provided a few ideas that will help you get on your way to maintaining a healthy lifestyle for yourselves and children too, while of course keeping things tasting and relatively easy 🙂
What are some of your kids favourite lunches and snacks?