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Maple Walnut Shake

In my quest to make different flavored protein shakes I stumbled upon maple flavored agave and figured I would try it out.  I had also been experimenting since my Soak Your Nuts post on how I can dehydrate my nuts and things without a dehydrator.  I was correct about my oven it roasted the almonds I put in there even on the warm setting.  But then it came to me.  I have a gas stove and the oven is always a little warm because the pilot light is always on.  So I soaked some raw walnuts laid them out on a baking sheet and went to work, when I came home they were almost dry and a few more hours later they were perfect!

So now I had a bunch of walnuts to use, so I decided to make a maple walnut shake which turned out really good.  I suppose you could use regular maple syrup if you wish but I never really have any on hand and I like using agave syrup anyway.  So here is what you need


I of course made this in my single serve cup with my Ninja Pulse Blender.I have found when using this blender I usually start with half the liquid then put the powder and all the other ingredients in, then top it off with the other half of the liquid works best.  When I would just start with the protein powder a bunch of it would get stuck to the top and then I would be left with little lumps.  You can of course adjust these amounts of these ingredients to your taste or to what you have in your house but this is just how I liked it.


So let me know what you think of this one!  And don’t forget to soak the walnuts if you are using them raw!

ps, I had a hard time getting these photos right as you can tell, so many bland colors lol, but it gets the point across so forgive me, there is a definite learning curve going from being a film photographer to a hairstylist and then switching to a fancy digital slr lol.



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Soak Your Nuts


Since I have gotten my juicer I have started making my own nut milks.  Of course you don’t need a fancy juicer to make your own nut milks but you at least need a fancy blender.  I drink a Vega One shake pretty much every morning and I always mix it with almond milk.  Packaged almond milk, while it is convenient contains added ingredients that you just don’t need such as thickener and stabilizers.  Not to mention it is pasteurized so all the beneficial enzymes are gone.  By making my own milks I can ensure that my milk is still raw which is awesome.  But this post isn’t about making your own nut milks, or why the ingredients in store bought milks aren’t good for you thats for another day.   This post is about

soaking your nuts…


I’m sure by now everyone knows that raw nuts are the best for you, they contain live enzymes that are great for your body and are a great source of minerals, protein, and healthy fats.  But what isn’t so great for us is something that nature set up for these nuts survival.  Raw nuts contain enzyme inhibitors, phytates (phytic acid), polyphenols (tannins), and goitrogens.

So why don’t we want to eat these?  Phylates in nuts (as well as grains!) can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc in the intestinal tract and make it impossible for them to be absorbed which can lead to mineral deficiencies as well as bone loss and can also wreak havoc on our digestive system.  Enzyme inhibitors keep the enzymes in the nuts basically inactive until germination (which we are mimicking by soaking).  Tannins also inhibit digestion by binding to the proteins and interfere with the absorption.  Goitrogens interfere with iron intake and can suppress the function of the thyroid gland and can result in an enlarged thyroid.  Sure all these facts make raw nuts sound scary but we can get rid of all these issues just by soaking them.

Soaking nuts also increases the amounts of vitamins, especially the B vitamins that are so important especially to vegetarians.  It makes the digestion easier, prevents mineral deficiencies and helps neutralize toxins in the colon.  Even better soaking nuts like walnuts can take away some of the bitterness and I think it makes them taste sweeter.

But you are probably wondering, do you just eat them wet?  Sure, you can… but other people like to dry them in a dehydrator or in the oven at the below 150 degrees.  I have to admit I don’t really snack on nuts much so I don’t dry them I just use them soaked making either nut butter or nut milks.  I also don’t want to own another appliance, the space in my kitchen is so limited and all these appliances are getting crazy and I don’t trust my oven to stay low enough, but in the summer months you can leave them in the sun with a cloth over them to dry, though it will take longer.

I typically soak my nuts overnight, its just easier for me to put them in the jars before i go to bed and then when I get home from work I take them out.  But here is a great chart that tells you how long you should soak nuts, grains, seeds, and beans! So give it a shot, give your body a chance to absorb all those great nutrients and see how much better you feel!


soaked almonds on the left, un-soaked on the right..


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