Sprouting (and dehydrating) is very frankly the most sophisticated nutrition principle I teach. For newbies, I start with lower level things: getting more fruits and vegetables in the diet, and eating whole grains, for instance. Most Americans are not prepared for the idea of sprouting and live foods. Some of my readers are so ambitious that they go ALL OUT and within weeks of leaving a processed diet, they’re already sprouting.
Others of you have been doing the first few steps in 12 Steps to Whole Foods. . . and you feel you’re in strange territory, but you’re ready to try.
If that’s you, ask for an Excalibur 3000 series dehydrator for Christmas to start making live snack foods from Chapter 7 (or the Crunchy Snacks recipe collection).
Here’s one of my favorite recipes for using the dehydrator to get get LIVE flaxseed in the diet. These crackers are easy to make, yummy, and filling.Remember with dehydrated foods to always drink water with them. (Otherwise they aggressively soak up all the liquids in your digestive tract, like stomach acids.)
- Soak in 4 cups water for several hours:
- 3 cups flax seeds (1/2 brown, ½ golden)
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- Shred in food processor, or very finely dice
- 1 red bell pepper
- 2 carrots
- Puree in Blend Tec:
- 4 tomatoes
- 2 stalks celery
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/3 cup nama shoyu
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1 Tbsp. chili powder
Mix all all three mixtures together well, by hand, and spread on plastic dehydrator sheets, about ¼” thick.Cut into cracker shapes and dehydrate at 105 degrees until crackers are dry on top, about 24 hours.Turn over, take off teflex sheets, and finish drying until crackers are crispy.
Tip: We like to eat these plain, but we also often put slices of avocado on top.