I love answering your questions! With these blogs, it’s a great chance for us to all share in the dialogue, so everyone can see. Here’s the second Ask Kim post. Don’t forget, you can still join the Beauty Detox Facebook Group and get other Beauty Detoxers’ opinions and support, too.
Let’s delve right into the second batch of questions:
For the Raw Gorilla Wraps, do any of you soak the walnuts before making it? If so, how long?
For soft nuts, like walnuts, you only need to soak them for about 15 minutes before you use them. Walnuts can be soaked up to six hours, but if you didn’t plan that far in advance, don’t worry!
I dislike walnuts. Can another nut besides the walnuts be used in the gorilla tacos?
You could try mixing sunflower seeds with mushrooms to get a similar texture and flavor without the walnuts. Between the two of those Beauty Foods, you will still get the healthy fats, protein, fiber, and many of the same vitamins and minerals the walnuts provide in the original recipe.
I bought an unfiltered apple cider vinegar, but it does not specify “raw.” I guess my question is, is raw and unfiltered the same?
Raw and unfiltered usually go hand in hand, so you probably have the right kind. Two other things to look for on the label are “organic” and “with the mother” (I absolutely love this term!! Like the babies are staying close to the mother, which we all know that is a formula for love and greatness, don’t we! I digress…) What you don’t want is a bottle that says the vinegar has been pasteurized, because then you’re not getting any of the healing benefits the raw version has. If you’re still unsure of what you have and want to look for a new kind next time for a comparison, the Bragg’s brand apple cider vinegar is raw, unfiltered, organic, and contains the “mother.” It’s the one I use.
Does anybody know if palm coconut nectar is the same as coconut nectar Kim talks about for making her raw key lime pie?
Yes, coconut nectar and palm coconut nectar are the same (you should also check out how almond milk is made). They’re liquid, and a much better alternative to agave nectar. They are high in minerals, amino acids and low (less than 10% fructose), while staying low on the glycemic index as well. You hear agave being touted as a “health food” because it is low glycemic, but if you look past the slick marketing you’ll see that it is upwards of 90%+ fructose. Very, very bad! Please always avoid it and/or throw it out of your house. It is not good for your health…and can really age your skin.
Just don’t confuse coconut nectar with coconut sugar (or coconut palm sugar), which is different.
Is this a bad combination? Salad with flax meal, brown rice with veggies, and Kim’s Chia Delight?
As long as you’re eating your salad first, then your veggies and rice, and then following it up with the Chia Seed Delight for dessert, this combination looks fine. Chia Seed Delight will keep you full enough to avoid the late-night munchies! Wait at least a few hours if it is possible to have the Chia Seed Delight, to let the other stuff digest. I find seeds seem to digest much easier and are not as dense as nuts…especially this recipe, where the chia seeds are soaked and pre-hydrated into a gel of soluble and insoluble fiber. We always make chia gel at Glow Bio by the way, instead of just pouring the chia seeds into drinks, as this pre-hydrated gel boosts detoxifying and hydrating properties.
Hey guys, quick question: How long do raw pumpkin seeds last?
It depends. Did you store them in the refrigerator or the freezer? In an airtight container in the refrigerator, they’ll keep for about two or more months. They can stay good for up to a year in the freezer as long as they’re in a container that’s designed for freezing. You can generally tell whether raw pumpkin seeds have gone bad based on how they smell and feel. If you’ve already soaked them, you only have a few days to eat them. Don’t leave one of these best foods for energy out in the sun and always bring revitalizing energy into your life!
If you have a question, bring it on! You can submit it in the comments section of a blog post, in the Beauty Detox community, or on Facebook or Twitter. I pick questions I want everyone to see, so I can share the answers. Lots of you ask questions along the same lines! Keep asking, and I’ll keep these “Ask Kimberly” posts up.
We have a great, loving community where we are all supporting and helping one another reach our best! Thank you for being a part of it. I love you all. ~Kimberly