LSA - Raw Nut and Seed Mix

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To all my American readers, please accept my apologies. I have received numerous emails since my last post, where I used a “wonder mix” relatively unknown in the United States to help bind the home made nut bars. Whilst I have grown up using LSA as a very familiar ingredient (along with most other Australians) it did not occur to me that American readers might be a bit lost. After getting the tenth email from an American reader asking me “what is this LSA and where do I get it” I decided that I should devote a post to this marvellous vegan raw nut mix, seeing as I will be using it and referring to it regularly. I do not want your lack of experience with LSA to deter you from making those s’blended nut bars! To those of you in Australia who probably know most of what I am about to share -- I encourage you to make you own LSA!

LSA mix is well known in Australia for its antioxidant and “liver cleansing” properties thanks to the renowned Australian “liver doctor” Dr Sandra Cabot, and her world famous book, The Liver Cleansing Diet. There is a well thumbed-through copy of this book in most health-conscious homes, and in the book shelves and waiting rooms of self respecting naturopaths, holistic doctors and other health-care practitioners. As a result, LSA is widely available in every supermarket, grocery store and health food shop in Australia. It is gaining popularity in the United States thanks to alternative health practitioners and international recipes. I should actually call it FSA for the American readers. We call flaxseeds “linseeds” in Australia. But they are the same thing.

So what is LSA? It stands for Linseeds, Sunflower Seeds, and Almonds. This healthy blend of raw nuts and seeds is an excellent source of dietary fibre, protein and essential fatty acids such as the all important Omega 3, 6 and 9; as well as essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, copper and zinc; and vitamins A, B, D and E. Have you ever heard the saying “healthy liver, healthy body”? The liver is an extraordinary organ. It stores vitamins and metabolizes fats. But more importantly, it is the cleanser and filter of the bloodstream, and breaks down toxic wastes so that they can be expelled from the body. So we want our livers to be working at their best if we want our bodies to be happy. LSA is a really easy way to help cleanse and detoxify the liver, by supplying it with easily digestible nutrients. But LSA is also a fabulously versatile ingredient for enhancing the nutritional density and flavour of many of your favourite foods.

This wonderful nutritional powerhouse has a nutty and sweet taste, and is an easy, quick way to enrich lots of dishes by sprinkling on stir-fries, cereals, yoghurts, custards, smoothies, desserts, fruits and salads. Home made LSA also makes a wonderful addition to baked goods such as muffins, cookies, biscuits, breads and cakes; and is a wonderful vegan binding or coating agent for veggie burgers, fruit rolls, slices and power bars. Linseeds or flaxseeds have long been used as a binder in the vegan community. LSA just ramps it up a notch, and packs a more powerful punch. Not only is it incredibly good for you, it is absolutely delicious.

I am addicted to home made LSA and eat it on a daily basis, adding it to my vegan smoothies and vegan avocado shakes. A couple of tablespoons a day does wonders for your health. Dr Sandra Cabot even claims in her book that it has anti-aging properties! OK, now THAT got your attention! If you want some more ideas on how to incorporate home made LSA into your diet, or get some fabulous gluten free vegetarian recipes, grab a copy of The Liver Cleansing Diet. They use it in everything and the recipes are scrumptious and healthy!

Whilst LSA is widely available in Australia, I prefer to make my own home made LSA from fresh nuts and seeds that have been soaked and dehydrated. It takes less than 5 minutes, and then I am guaranteed a superior product. There is no way of knowing exactly how it has been processed, and for how long it has been gracing the shelves of the store! For those of you in Australia, if you don’t make your own home made LSA mix, make sure you purchase LSA that is made from raw ingredients that have not been heated or chemically treated so that the essential fatty acids and other nutrients have not been compromised. For those of you in the United States, where LSA is not yet widely available, making your own is a sinch! Just grab, grind, blend and bottle! Any mix will keep in a sealed glass container in the fridge for a few months.

Dr Sandra Cabot has a motto on her website – “Love you liver and live longer”. Well this is one easy delicious way to love your liver. Grab, Grind, Blend and Sprinkle and you won’t be sorry!

Home Made LSA

LSA - Raw Nut and Seed Mix

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  • 3 cups raw linseeds / flaxseeds
  • 2 cups raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  1. Grind in a food processor, coffee grinder or spice grinder (not being used for coffee or spices) into a fine meal.
  2. Store in a dark glass airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 months.

Tip: the best way to clean your blender

After blending up something sticky, gooey or smelly, just place a few drops of soap in the carriage with some warm water and blend on high until all of the congealed food slips away from the blades and sides. Then repeat this process. Then rinse with water and presto! Clean carriage. 
If you have smells or stains repeat this process with some bicarbonate of soda or lemon juice and water. 
Check out the video on A No Hassle Way To Clean Your Blender that I did as part of the Chow Tips Series.

This is so good for you! I always keep some on standby

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Me too! I put it on everything! Thanks Keira :)

American piggies take note…This little mix is so good for you. I am an Aussie and can’t get by without having some LSA every week in my smoothies.

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LOL! Me too! This mixture is fantastic to boost the nutritional content of smoothies.

Hi there, I have always bought my LSA now I want to make for myself! You said that you use nuts/seeds that have been soaked and dehydrated, do you do that yourself or buy them as such? And can you use a blender, I have a blendtec, rather than a food processor or grinder? Thanks so much cant wait to try it out (:

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Hey Nicole.
You can absolutely make this mix in your BlendTec. Just make sure you only grind until you get a rough consistency. Or you will end up with LSA flour. LOL!
With regards to the soaking and dehydrating: I always do it myself. I have included a link below with more information on how to easily do this yourself. You can buy “sprouted” or “activated” nuts, grains, and seeds from health food stores. But they are very expensive. It is not necessary to soak and dehydrate the nuts in order to enjoy this homemade LSA. But I do it to remove the enzyme inhibitors and improve digestion. Enjoy :)
http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/resources/how_to/#/why-soak-grains-nuts-and-seeds

I am an aussie and I do not soak anything, I just blend the 3 ingredients roughly together in my thermomix, 1 cup of each, put in airtight containers in the fridge.  I use this on my breakfast, I.e. porridge., cereal and boy does it make me regular.  No yucky mixtures to swallow, just a couple of spoonfuls daily, and it tastes great as well

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Awesome. My mum does the same and can’t even travel without her LSA mix. Thermomix is just an amazing machine.

It’s because Americans call linseed flaxseed, so I suppose for them it would be called FSA or something.  In any case I’ve seen way more linseed/flaxseed on offer in US supermarkets than in Australia where it seems to only be available in the weird/healthy section of the supermarket.  I’ve lived in Australia for 4 years so I think I know what I’m talking about….

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I grind mine up daily with a mortar and pestle. I always wanted to use this ancient gadget and now i have found the perfect excuse for a daily grind. They reckon the fresher the better with LSA. And according to one source . . .the energy that you put into seeds & nut foods when you grind them yourself is incomparable. Anyway, i love the daily grind!

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I totally agree Simon. If you can grind fresh every day, even better.

I make this for myself and my mum. Mum has run out and I’m out of almonds: can I substitute cashews and peanuts, as I have a bag of plain, mixed ones in? Just this once. Do they contain the omegas that almonds provide?

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I don’t recommend using cashews or peanuts in this blend. Peanuts are carcinogenic, and cashews can cause fungus. These nuts are also acid forming, whereas almonds, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds are all alkaline.

LSA is a precursor to LSD

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