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These Sun Cheese Sticks are so addicting. My husband and I love them. They have the crispy saltiness that makes the perfect snack, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The lemon gives it a tangy edge that satisfies your sweet/salty addiction.
2 1/2 c. sunflowers, soaked, then sprouted for 1- 1/2 days (You can omit this sprouting, if you like.)
1/2 c. lemon juice
1/2 c. coconut aminos
4 garlic cloves
optional – 3 T. nutritional yeast – not raw
Combine all in a food processor and roll/pat into 2″ sticks onto a dehydrator sheet at 100 degrees for 18-24 hours until slightly crispy on the outside. Eat them warm!
24 calories per cheesestick
Native Americans valued all parts of the sunflower for its healing properties. For cuts and bruises, the juices from the stem were applied directly to the injured areas.
They made a liniment by boiling the roots and applying the warm liquid to relieve any inflammation, pain and itching from poison ivy, snakebites and rheumatism. The seeds were used as a diuretic, as relief for constipation, chest pain, and ulcers, to rid the body of worms, and to cure warts.
Russians had a unique remedy for relieving rheumatism. They combined chopped sunflower heads, soap chips, and vodka into a mixture that was sun-aged for a period of nine days, and then rubbed the potion on their achy joints.
A tea made by boiling the stems of the sunflower offered relief from coughs and fevers.
John Douglas, a physician, recommends raw sunflower seeds to his patients with cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure because they are high in potassium and low in sodium. He also found that raw sunflower seeds offered allergy relief to some of his patients. For patients who were in his stop-smoking program, he recommended sunflower seeds, not only for their nutritional benefits, but to provide an activity to keep their hands and mouths busy.
The high vitamin E and polyunsaturated fat content provide benefits that help lower cholesterol.