OK! So, i have been trying to lose weight for about 3 months now. And i have lost about 10 lbs. not so great, considering i keep fluctuating up 2 lbs and back down 2 lbs. So this week i am up the 2 lbs and maybe next week i will be down the 2 lbs. I can't seem to break through the barrier. I have never been able to lose weight before when I am nursing, so the fact that i lost 10 lbs is a huge feat for me! I should be so pleased, i know, but i am not. All i can see is the 35 lbs i still need to lose and that i am not getting any closer to my goal and i am very discouraged!
So what does that have to do with Sprouted wheat you ask? Well in an effort to become more healthy and to live a Heather life, i decided to try and eat more naturally. And in doing so I came upon a blog that was totally cool. It talked about eating More "whole foods" not processed prepackaged foods. And how making things from scratch was better for you. So i thought, yeah that makes total sense! So about 2 months ago i started making soup stock and soups from scratch. Then i got a Bosch mixer and started making breads from scratch. And i have been playing with the bread recipes a bit, since they are VERY dense and use bread flour as well as wheat flour.
Then i kept hearing about this book called "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon. And how she talks about Lacto fermented foods and how eating More naturally is so much better for you. She even talks about how pure saturated fats, from grass fed animal sources is really healthy for you. It is an excellent read and i would recommend it to anyone! She also talks about sprouting your grains and beans before you eat them. How soaking them gets rid of the acids that are in the grains preventing them from allowing the nutrients in the grains to truly be accessed. So i decided to soak my wheat for 24 hours and then to make bread from it. IT sounded like an easy plausible idea, but when i went to grind the wheat, i found it didn't grind so well because it was so wet and squishy. I also realized that the recipe called for 1 cup of water, which was fine before. But when the grains were already soaked and full of water, it was too much water for the bread and it looked like soup. So i had to modify the recipe and add a bit more of the dry ingredients to get the dough to form a bit better. So here is the recipe i used.
4 cups soaked and drained wheat grains sprouted
1 cup bread flour
1 1/2 cups oats
1 tsp yeast
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup of butter
I will try and see if this turns out OK, if it doesn't i will start again and omit the cup of water and instead do 1/4 a cup of water for the yeast to rise in.
I also decided to use my soaked wheat to make pancakes. These turned out a bit mushy in the middle, but they were still good.
3 cups of soaked wheat with a bit of the water still in the cup
1 tsp. baking soda
3 ripe bananas
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Then i cooked them up and the girls put cinnamon sugar on them. They were super yummy and very filling.
So i feel like i am on my way to making better healthier meals for my family. As soon as i get some raw yogurt I am going to start making my own Youghart and Keifer and doing more lacto fermented vegetables and fruit! Now i am off to make some homemade jam :)