This one might not be for everyone. The sunflower seeds have a slightly bitter after-taste similar to that of sunflower seed butter. I tend to use it more in smoothies and on cereal. I drink it plain sometimes but my kids won’t touch it like that. “So why should I make this?” You’re probably asking. Because it is really easy, it is incredibly good for you and when you feel like it, you can turn it into a magical potion called Chocolate Cardamom Sunflower Seed Milk. For that, you will thank me.
Sunflower seeds are very high in trace minerals like selenium and magnesium. These minerals are an essential part of what keep our bones strong and our nerves calm. These seeds are also filled with Vitamin E which, like an internal sunblock, protects your skin from UV radiation. Sunflower seeds also help to sweep accumulated radiation out of your system.
I tend to leave my nuts and seeds to soak overnight. As part of my bedtime ritual, I soak whichever ones I plan to use the next day. It doesn't take much time. You just have to remember to do it which is a task in itself. Once you're in the habit, it is like second nature. Nuts and seeds tend to be difficult for your body to break down. Soaking them makes them infinitely more digestible.
- sunflower seeds - 1 cup, raw (soaked for at least 4 hours)
Sunflower seeds are very high in trace minerals like selenium and magnesium. These minerals are an essential part of what keep our bones strong and our nerves calm. These seeds are also filled with Vitamin E which, like an internal sunblock, protects your skin from UV radiation.
- medjool dates - 4 large (soaked for at least 4 hours)
Dates are an amazing source of dietary fiber, and iron as well as tannins, which are known to be anti-infective and anti-inflammatory. These plump and sweet fruits are so rich in essential vitamins and minerals that they are the food of choice when breaking a fast. They are also a great source of quick and easy energy.
- water - 4 cups
- vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp
- himalaya salt - pinch
Rinse the seeds under cold water until the water runs clear.
Put them and all of the other ingredients (including the water the dates were soaked in) into a high speed blender. Blend until smooth. It should be thick and creamy, like a milkshake.