Hey Guys and Gals…
It’s Monday so I’m bringing you more on your favorite topic…NUTRITION.
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and with it right around the corner I thought it would be fun to do something a tad different! Following along the lines of the pumpkin craze lets chat SEEDS!
Why seeds? Well I figured any blog along the lines of listing ways to avoid treats or instructing you to bust out 50 squats every time you eat a piece of candy would not be appreciated or just plainly ignored. Instead I’m going to share with you all the wonderful benefits of pumpkin seeds.
Some of the health benefits of pumpkin seeds:
- They’re rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids which helps lower bad LDL cholesterol and increase good cholesterol (HDL).
- Although high in calories they are a great source of protein.
- They can help you sleep AND de-stress. Pumpkin seeds contain tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin which helps aid sleep. They also contain glutamate which is needed by the brain to synthesize GABA, an anti-stress neurochemical.
- Pumpkin seeds are a great source of Vitamin E, a host of B-complex vitamins, and folates (also helping lower cholesterol and aid GABA activity in the brain).
- Pumpkin seeds also contain copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium. These seeds are so rich in manganese that 100g contain 198% of daily recommended intake.
Now you have an excuse to dress up, act like a kid, and get your pumpkin carving on!
How ya make these delicious gems….
Prepping the pumpkin seeds:
- Separate the seeds from the stringy pumpkin insides.
- Put seeds in a bowl or colander and rinse under a faucet to remove any remaining pumpkin.
- Lay seeds out on paper towels to dry.
Baking the pumpkin seeds:
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Toss seeds in a bowl with 2tsp of melted butter per 1 1/2 cups of raw pumpkin seeds and add a pinch salt. Stir it up and spread on a baking sheet.
- OR spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and spray with butter-flavored cooking spray and then add salt. (You can also spice it up with other seasonings like garlic, cayenne, or cinnamon.)
- Bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown; stir every 10 minutes during baking.