Carving a pumpkin this weekend? Save those seeds!
Pumpkin seeds are powerhouses of nutrition, boasting the following benefits, and more:
- Excellent source of Zinc, boosting immunity throughout the cold & flu season
- One of the few foods that increase in nutritional value as they age. Tests have shown protein content increases exponentially in storage. Be sure to refrigerate or freeze them, so they don’t become rancid, however.
- Phytosterols help reduce LDL Cholesterol
- Great anti-inflammatory food! May provide some relief for those with arthritis
- Runs the gamut for B-Vitamin content. Contains riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and folate. This spells E-N-E-R-G-Y for you!
- Those same B Vitamins also help support a healthy Metabolism
- L-tryptophan content aids in sleep, as well as contributes to alleviating depression symptoms
- A few studies have shown that Pumpkin Seeds may assist in preventing formation of kidney stones
These are just some of the many benefits of eating pumpkin seeds regularly.
While I have posted a basic recipe for seed roasting below, it’s not the only way to enjoy them!
You can also add seeds to loaves of bread, top cereal or yogurt, add to soups, ground into meatloaf, combine with grains or beans to make vegetarian “burgers”, use in desserts(top a pumpkin cheesecake or pie with whipped cream and candied pumpkin seeds!), in pilafs, salads, chopped with goat cheese, and much more. Use your imagination, and enjoy them year round for the most health benefit.
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