So, I've been slowly progressing through the first few GNOWFGLINS lessons. Yesterday, I soaked almonds, flour for muffins, and rice for dinner. According to GNOWFGLINS, soaking nuts and grains neutralizes the phytic acid that makes them harder for our bodies to digest. Adding heat, neutralizes the enzymes.
The first step, of course is to soak everything. I just put about 2 cups of almonds in a quart size jar and then filled the jar with water & added a Tablespoon of sea salt. Cover and soak for 7+ hours, then drain and either put in a dehydrator or on a cookie sheet in the oven at a very low temp with the door open. The rice was also very easy, although I did have to add some apple cider vinegar to it. Same with the grain--I mixed 1 1/2 c of whole grain flour and 1/2 c oats with 1 cup of milk and 2T of yogurt. Instead of the yogurt, you could also use buttermilk or apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.
I now have my almonds dehydrating in the oven at 150 degrees. When they are nice and toasty, they will be delicious. In fact, I made some when my Mom was here visiting, and she liked them so much that she made some herself when she got home! I cooked the rice last night, and Ryan said it was the best rice ever! And I also baked muffins with my soaked grains--banana muffins. They are pretty good. The batter was really wet, like pancake batter almost--usually my muffin batter is more like cookie dough. But they were good. And it wasn't a lot of trouble at all.
So, if it's really helping our bodies digest the grains, it's worth doing, I think. If you want to check it out, just go to http://gnowfglins.com/.