What is it? Activated nuts & seeds are soaked to start the sprouting & germination process & then dehydrated at low temperatures.
Benefits: Activating nuts & seeds allows your body to maximise the vitamins & minerals in the food & helps digest them more easily. Raw nuts & seeds contain large amounts of enzyme inhibitors that interfere with the absorption of the various & wonderful vitamins & minerals in these foods, when you activate them the inhibitors are neutralised & your body can soak up all the benefits of the nuts & seeds.
Fun fact: Activated almonds taste just like roasted almonds (maybe even better) but with added nutritional benefits!
How to: Place your nuts & seeds in a bowl, cover with water (preferably filtered) & a tsp of salt & leave to soak for 12 or more hours. Once soaked rinse the nuts & seeds thoroughly under running water and then remove excess water. Place the nuts on baking trays and dry in an oven at less than 50 degrees for 4-8 hours depending on the type of nut or seed.
What is it? Cauliflower is a vegetable in the Brassica oleracea family. It’s a great source of vitamin c, vitamin k, folate & fibre, amongst many other great nutrients. It’s also in season in Australia now!
Benefits: Cauliflower is linked to anti-inflammatory benefits, it contains high antioxidants & supports our natural detox system.
Interesting fact: Cauliflower is one of two vegetables that is actually a flower!
How to: Cauliflower is a really versatile vegetable. It’s delicious roasted, steamed, mashed, pickled. It’s a great side dish, inclusion in soup, substitute for mash potato or even rice.
What is it? A nutrient made up of amino acids which is an essential part of the human diet. It is used by the body to build & repair tissue.
Benefits: Critical to build muscle mass, supports neurological function, helps balance hormones, increases metabolism & energy.
Interesting fact: Protein is in every single cells of our body!
How to: Make sure you consume some of these foods which are high in protein – eggs, fish, beef, lamb, chicken, pork, turkey, yoghurt & kefir, cheese, beans & legumes, nuts & quinoa.