think you’ll have too many almonds on your hands? a holiday idea for you!

You want to get raw almonds in the group buy (because you can’t get TRULY RAW anywhere else, and the price is awesome) but don’t know how MUCH to get. You love your friends and family. You find the holidays slightly annoying because of all the junk food, right when you want to be strong and healthy against H1N1 and influenza.

I have an idea for you. Make sprouted/dehydrated teriyaki and candied almonds–all natural ingredients, no sugar, no cooking–from Ch. 7 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods. Package a bag of each kind all cute in a lined coffee bag (I bought them online) or cellophane bag from a party store, with a sticker on the bag explaining that these homemade sprouted almonds full of life-giving enzymes with the enzyme inhibitors unlocked, 200% of the fiber, and 200-500% of the vitamins and minerals of regular dry almonds. Give them to your neighbors, kids’ teachers, everyone in the family, co-workers, and everybody who shows up at the last minute with a gift for you and (oh no!) you don’t have anything for them. It’s an easy, inexpensive, unique, homemade gift.

By the way, those two recipes may be better if you add MORE almonds to the mix, if you feel the coating of teriyaki or sweet spices is too much. When I make one or both of those recipes, I make some PLAIN dehydrated almonds, too, because that’s what I want most of the time. And that way, you can add more almonds to the mix for either of those recipes. (It’s hard with raw recipes to gauge ingredients exactly, because unlike food from McDonald’s, whole plant foods vary widely in size, texture, color, and flavor.)

Then whatever you don’t use, keep for yourself.

Your friends will love you for caring about their health in the sugar-and-flu season (those two things ARE related). It’ll be a delicious treat that they can feel fantastic about eating. They’ll know you’re a health nut (get it? haha) and come to you when they’re ready to make some changes.

And if that’s too hard, just give them truly raw almonds in that cute bag. Tell gift recipients in your card or sticker on the bag that it’s no longer possible to get the most nutritious raw almonds any more, but you went the distance to get them right from the ranch.

raw food diet versus alkaline diet

I was having this conversation on Facebook today with a reader, and since I’m sure not all of you are my facebook friends or check in there regularly, I thought I’d share here part of the discussion:

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl (condensed question): I was feeding my kids almond milk but read that overconsumption of nuts leads to mold in the blood. What else should I use?

Answer: The most restrictive diet I know of is the alkaline diet (Robert O. Young, etc.). Well, except for the candida diet, which is even tougher. Dr. Young writes extensively in his various books of mycotoxins (mold, fungus, bacteria, and their byproducts) in the blood from eating acidic foods.

I am highly supportive of this diet but based on observation of human behavior, I don’t feel that most people will undertake it, EVEN IF THEY ARE ILL. If you want to eliminate nuts and eat totally alkaline for a period of time to overcome health challenges, good for you. Your health will benefit. (The alkaline diet will also require that you get rid of grains and many fruits!)

I am very intentionally sitting in the middle of that big divide between folks eating the Standard American Diet and the all-alkaline or all-raw folks. Raw foodists will call what I am teaching “transitional.” I actually believe that a LONG-TERM commitment to eating what I teach, “high raw” or 60-80% raw and the remainder of the diet being whole foods (legumes, grains, cooked vegs), will prevent disease very well for a LIFETIME. I believe that it doesn’t have to be a “transition” to some kind of more pure or “ideal” diet. What I am teaching, I believe, is a common-sense approach that returns you to the basics, the way we were meant to eat, using foods God put on the Earth, but without tons of cooking. Like the vast majority of indigenous and ancient cultures have always done.

Raw goat milk is another good alternative to pasteurized, store-bought dairy milk. You can search this blog for more info.

By the way, I haven’t tested it yet, but at the suggestion of readers, we’ve added a search feature to the site.

Also, almonds are actually pretty alkaline (other nuts are more acidic, like cashews). And yes, eat nuts–but overconsumption will lead to weight gain, too. A quarter cup a day is enough, unless you’re an athlete, in which case you might eat half a cup. I have 1/4 cup cashews in Hot Pink Smoothie in the morning, and usually eat 1/4 cup of almonds, too, as a snack later. (Factor in that I play sports an average of 90 min. to 2 hours a day.)

more questions I’m answering about the raw almond buy

Back to my five-part series tomorrow.  Today I figured a way to get my cases of raw/organic agave SHIPPED in our raw-almond buy . . . and also add some great deals for you on raw walnuts, sunflower seeds, pecans, raw honey, organic cold-pressed coconut oil, and other items like dried fruit.   I’m excited!   I could never figure out how to ship it affordably before.   Those of you who have a co-op, or who want to organize one, you will LOVE this!   Remember, 1,100 lbs. or more (and this will include any item, not just the almonds) gets cheap shipping of $0.25/lb.   We’re getting tons of emails–please know we will email as soon as the order is ready to kick off.     You won’t miss it if you read this blog or get the GreenSmoothieGirl.com free newsletter.

Questions I’ve been asked:

How do the almonds come? in 50 or 100 pound sacks or in a bin?

50# boxes.

Also is there a maximum poundage?  

No maximum for group orders, but to appease California law since no one is allowed more than 100 lbs. per day of RAW almonds, the order form will require that you put a name in for each buyer of 100 lbs.   So if you order 2,000 lbs., you’ll need to give 20 names.

And what quality is this almond size wise and are they  carmel or nonpareil almonds?

The variety is Butte Padre 23-30 size. I chose them for flavor (tried several varieties). I could offer a bunch of varieties but wanted to keep it simple because this takes a lot of my time–these will be comparable to what is sold in grocery stores, size-wise. Not the giant ones they use in Jordan almonds (too expensive, and I’m trying to keep cost down), and not the  really small  ones either.

Is it possible to get them sliced raw almonds or slivered? some of the people who order with me want to know.

I don’t think so. But I will look into it. They will oxidize faster that way and won’t germinate–not sure this would be a popular item.

Do the almonds come shelled?

YES.

Some of my group are asking where they come from.

California, long-time, reputable ranchers who friends of mine have worked with for many years. Same people I worked with last year.

another sprouted-almond recipe

This spicy variation on my sprouted, flavored  raw almond recipes for you comes from GreenSmoothieGirl.com reader Steve (and I wrote you back to say thanks, Steve, but emails always bounce back from you):

Spicy Almonds

10 cups raw almonds, soaked overnight and dehydrated at 105 degrees approx. 6 hours

½ cup dates

2 Tbs Himalayan Crystal Salt

2 Tbs agave

3 cloves garlic

2 tsp cayenne

3 habanero peppers

1 pasilla pepper

1 lime without skin

Enough water to blend

Blend all ingredients except almonds in BlendTec on high until smooth. Pour into a

bowl, add almonds and stir well. Let mixture sit for an hour to allow nuts to absorb

liquid, and then stir again. Spread nuts on teflex sheets in dehydrator. Dry at 105

degrees for about 16 hours. Place nuts on mesh sheets and dry again until crunchy

(about 10 hours).

recipes to use your raw almonds

Those of you who subscribe to 12 Steps to Whole Foods (http://www.greensmoothiegirl.com/12-steps-to-whole-food-eating.html) have recipes to use raw, germinated  almonds in Ch. 7 and will have more in Ch. 11.   But here are two more recipes for you:

SPROUTED ALMOND PATE (WRAP FILLING)

2 cups almonds, soaked overnight and drained

3 carrots

handful of fresh basil, chopped

1 small yellow squash, diced

1 small yellow onion, diced

2 tsp. sea salt

2 tsp. kelp granules

Put almonds and carrots through the Champion Juicer with the blank (homogenizing) plate on.Stir in other ingredients well.Serve a generous portion in a sprouted-wheat tortilla with cucumber spears (and optionally, any homemade dressing from Ch. 3 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods).You can send this to school or work by rolling the wrap up tightly in plastic wrap.

SPROUTED CURRY ALMONDS

4 cups raw almonds, soaked overnight and drained

1 Tbsp. red curry

1/3 cup water

2 tsp. Original Himalayan Crystal Salt (or sea salt)

2 tsp. agave

1 tsp. kelp granules

1 tsp. cayenne

Dehydrate soaked and drained almonds for several hours until mostly dry.Blend remaining ingredients in a bowl, and stir almonds in well, allowing to sit for a while to absorb liquid.Dehydrate below 116 degrees until dry and crunchy.Keep in fridge if almonds will last you more than a week.

High-nutrition items’ price points . . . part 2 of 2

THINGS I BUY AT COSTCO:

 

$25.50 olive oil (two 2-ltr. Bottles) or $13 for 1.5 ltr. bottle of organic

$11 34-oz. balsamic vinegar

$7.50 for two jars of 28-oz. natural, organic peanut butter

$5.70   giant box of Grape Nuts (64 oz.) (for emergency or traveling breakfasts)

 

THINGS I BUY OTHER PLACES:

 

$13 for a case of 9 young Thai coconuts (Asian market)

$0.50/can beans of all kinds–on case lot sales at grocery stores

$2 for a bunch of greens (kale, collards)

$0.49-.69/lb. for fruit (wash, chop, and freeze it in baggies when you get this price)

$3 for large pineapples (cut in chunks and freeze for GS)

 

THINGS I GET IN GROUP BUYS (my own co-op or others):

 

$76 for a 60# bucket of raw local honey

 

$3/lb. for almonds–my local group buys, 50# boxes for $150

 

$41/gal. is good for coconut oil (see my store), even below $45/gal. is really good for organic, virgin–why buy a small tub? It keeps for 2 yrs. on the shelf.

 

$32.50/gallon for agave (raw, organic)–my local group buys