Pumpkin Seeds

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Save those pumpkin guts!  Done carving your jack-o-lantern masterpiece?  The fun doesn’t stop there.  Save your pumpkin seeds for a tasty snack as well as some incredible health benefits!

1.  Heart Healthy Magnesium - One-quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains nearly half of the recommended daily amount of magnesium, which participates in a wide range of vitally important physiological functions, the pumping of your heart, proper bone and tooth formation, relaxation of your blood vessels, and proper bowel function.

2.  Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc which is a huge immune system booster.

3.  Pumpkin seeds are rich in healthy fats, antioxidants and fibers, and may provide benefits for heart and liver health.

4.  Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of tryptophan, an amino acid that your body converts into serotonin, which in turn is converted into melatonin, the “sleep hormone.”

5.  Anti-Inflammatory benefits for the body.

Roast Your Pumpkin Seeds for a Delicious Treat!

  1. Separate the pumpkin seeds from the pulp after removing from the pumpkin.
  2. Rinse the pumpkin seeds under cold water to remove any remaining pulp stuck to them.
  3. Toss the seeds in a small amount of olive oil or other healthy oil (like canola).
  4. Sprinkle with salt or other seasonings (see suggestions below).
  5. Bake at 170° F for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  6. Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Seasoning suggestions:

  • Himalayan Salt, garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce
  • Cinnamon and brown sugar
  • Tabasco sauce and salt
  • Italian seasonings, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper
  • Pumpkin pie seasoning

Get creative!

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