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How to Properly Soak Oatmeal

Oatmeal can be a good alternative to eggs as a breakfast in the morning, when eaten with plenty of fat like butter. There’s nothing wrong with eating oats, properly prepared, as long as your gut can handle it.

Oats are not part of the GAPS Diet but once you graduate to the well diet recommendations of the Weston A Price Foundation, this is a great breakfast for a cold morning.

I like to add raisins, butter, and a little sweetener, either honey, maple syrup, or date syrup, to my oatmeal.

Properly prepared oatmeal includes soaking it overnight. When you do this, it becomes a quick breakfast food to make in the morning.

You can be dairy free and still eat oatmeal! You can use lemon juice or vinegar in place of whey. If you can tolerate whey, this is the preferred way to consume oatmeal.

Your oats don’t need to be steel cut but you want whole oats. Steel cut or whole rolled oats are fine for this recipe but not quick oats. Quick oats are not whole; they are processed to cook more quickly and have often have preservatives on them.

This is based off the recipe in the Nourishing Traditions book by Sally Fallon.

Ingredients for Nourishing Traditions Oatmeal:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Warm Filtered Water

  • 1 Cup Gluten Free, GMO Free Oats

  • 4 tbsp Whey, Yogurt, Kefir, Buttermilk, Vinegar or Lemon Juice

  • 1 tsp sea salt

Directions for Nourishing Traditions Oatmeal:

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Add oats, whey, warm water and sea salt to a bowl.

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Stir to combine.

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Cover and leave on your kitchen counter overnight or for 8 to 12 hours.


Properly Prepared Oatmeal

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ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Warm Filtered Water
  • 1 Cup Gluten Free, GMO Free Oats
  • 4 tbsp Whey, Yogurt, Kefir, Buttermilk, Vinegar or Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt

instructions:

How to cook Properly Prepared Oatmeal

  1. Add oats, whey, warm water and sea salt to a bowl.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and leave on your kitchen counter overnight or for 8 to 12 hours.
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GAPS Legal Trail Mix Recipe

With all the hiking and camping that happens in Colorado, trail mix is almost a main food group. But commercial trail mixes contain candy, sweetened fruit, and unprepared nuts: not the superfoods they claim to be! This can be problematic if you are following a dietary protocol... you can't buy GAPS legal trail mix very easily! Fortunately, trail mix is fairly easy to make, and when you make your own, you can ensure the preparation (and ingredients) are exactly what you want! Below is a recipe for trail mix. Please explore beyond my ideas! You may figure out the next winning combination. If you do, make sure you share it with us in the comments! Enjoy!

GAPS Friendly Trail Mix Ingredients

  • Homemade or Store Bought Yogurt for the Whey

  • Salt

  • Filtered Water

  • Nuts of Your Choice, such as Almonds, Cashews and Walnuts

  • Seeds of Your Choice, such as Pumpkin Seeds

  • Dried Fruit of Your Choice. I used Raisins and Dried Pineapple.

  • Carob Chips or Chocolate Chips (if you can tolerate them in your diet or on your GAPS Stage)

A Note About Nuts and Seeds: Be sure to buy raw and organic nuts (not roasted and salted), except raw cashews. Raw cashews cannot be purchased; they're poisonous!

Directions for making your own trail mix

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Using homemade or store bought yogurt, strain out whey. Rinse the nuts and seeds that you want to use through cold water.

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Fill jars and bowls with filtered water. Keeping each kind of nut and seed in it's own separate bowl, add 1/4 cup whey to each jar and bowl.

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Let nuts and seeds soak and ferment. Most nuts and seeds need 24 hours for proper fermentation. Cashews and pumpkin seeds take only 8 though!

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After 24 hours, take the nuts out and set them either on dehydrator trays or on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Let them dry until they become crispy, preferably keeping them under 110° to keep the enzymes live.

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Mix any amount of crispy nuts with dried fruit. I used dried pineapples and raisins but you can use any dried fruit that you like and are tolerating! You can also add chocolate or carob chips to your mixture, if you can tolerate them.

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Store your trail mix in small baggies for a portable trail snack!


GAPS Legal Trail Mix

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ingredients:

  • Homemade or Store Bought Yogurt for the Whey
  • Salt
  • Filtered Water
  • Nuts of Your Choice, such as Almonds, Cashews and Walnuts
  • Seeds of Your Choice, such as Pumpkin Seeds
  • Dried Fruit of Your Choice. I used Raisins and Dried Pineapple.
  • Carob Chips or Chocolate Chips (if you can tolerate them in your diet or on your GAPS Stage)

instructions:

How to cook GAPS Legal Trail Mix

  1. Using homemade or store bought yogurt, strain out whey. Rinse the nuts and seeds that you want to use through cold water.
  2. Fill jars and bowls with filtered water. Keeping each kind of nut and seed in it's own separate bowl, add 1/4 cup whey to each jar and bowl.
  3. Let nuts and seeds soak and ferment. Most nuts and seeds need 24 hours for proper fermentation. Cashews and pumpkin seeds take only 8 though!
  4. After 24 hours, take the nuts out and set them either on dehydrator trays or on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Let them dry until they become crispy, preferably keeping them under 110° to keep the enzymes live.
  5. Mix any amount of crispy nuts with dried fruit. I used dried pineapples and raisins but you can use any dried fruit that you like and are tolerating! You can also add chocolate or carob chips to your mixture, if you can tolerate them.
  6. Store your trail mix in small baggies for a portable trail snack!
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Why Soak Grains? {Video}

Ever wondered about recommendations like "soaking," "sprouting," "fermenting," or "properly preparing" your nuts or grains? Ever wondered what that meant, or why it's better? I did! In fact, when I first heard about "sprouted bread," I thought it was made-up. But there are real reasons why eating properly prepared seeds is better for your body. Check out the video below to find out why.

Did that make sense?

This is just one example of why food preparation matters. And while food preparation techniques used to be passed on from generation to generation, our modern western culture has largely lost that heritage. But some do remember. And some do research. And some teach. And some write it down for us. That is the entire reason behind the cookbook, Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon. Traditional ways to prepare foods in traditional recipes are recorded in this helpful resource. If we want to return to health, we need to start understanding these principles. Our health depends on it! Still have questions? Have another food preparation question? Ask it in the comments below.

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