What is a superfood? There are no set criteria, but the American Heart Association states that the general belief is that superfoods typically
- are nutrient-rich
- are beneficial for health on several fronts
- help promote overall well-being in mind and body
Nuts and seeds, then, are true superfoods because they are full of minerals, high in fiber, a good source of healthy fats, full of protein, contain phyto-nutrients (antioxidants), help prevent chronic disease, help with weight loss, and promote longevity.
The almond, along with their fellow nuts like walnuts and cashews, contain vital vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Almonds specifically help stabilize blood sugar, are alkalizing to the body, and are a source of naturally-derived calcium and magnesium. Cancer studies have shown that they may have anticancer properties, and other health studies have found that the almond can lower blood pressure and the risk of heart diseases and diabetes.
It is a myth that almonds are fattening, as long you don’t eat them in excess (of course, this is a good practice to follow when consuming any food—See The Ministry of Healing, 298). Some say that almonds are the most nutritious of all nuts. Whether that is true or not, they are very beneficial for our health.
For all the above reasons, regular consumption of almonds is recommended. It is also recommended that almonds be soaked overnight before eating them, as this significantly improves their health benefits and digestibility. This is particularly welcome if you have a sensitive gut. However, there is no need to presoak when using a crockpot.
Sources: breastcancerconqueror.com/8-reasons-nuts-seeds-true-superfoords; healthshots.com/healthy-eating/superfoods/almonds-are-best-eaten-soaked-and-peeled-heres-why; timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/diet/Almonds-are-not-fattening; Wikipedia
Recipe – Crockpot Steel Cut Overnite Oats
3 cups steel cut oats
8 cups water
2 cups almond milk
2 large apples, diced
2 Tbs. vegan protein powder
½ cup slivered almonds
2 Tbs. sesame seeds
2 Tbs. flax seed
2 Tbs. chia seed
½ – ¾ cup of raisins
Cook on low setting in crockpot for 8-10 hours. Serve topped with vegan yogurt.