It’s almost Halloween! A time of candy, costumes and pumpkin carving. I remember when I was little, scooping out all of the seeds and “pumpkin guts.” I just wanted it out so I could get to the carving. Little did I know, I was throwing away a healthy, tasty snack! Did you know pumpkin seeds are loaded with nutrients? They contain Magnesium, which is good for hearth health and most people are actually deficient. They also contain Zinc, which keeps your immune system strong, helps with sleep, mood, and skin and eye health. Finally, they are a plant-based source of Omega 3 Fatty acids, which has been shown to help with depression and provides anti-inflammatory benefits.
So while your kids are ferociously scooping out their pumpkins, stand behind them with a cookie sheet, ready to collect those little nutrition gems. (Just make sure you rinse all of the “pumpkin guts” off of them first and dry them.)
Here’s a simple, yummy recipe to try. (You can also find a ton on Allrecipes.com!):
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Spray a non-stick cookie sheet with coconut oil (I found a great spray Coconut Oil at Trader Joe’s). Arrange the seeds in one layer on the cookie sheet, and then coat them with another layer of coconut oil, so they are nice and covered. Sprinkle the seeds with a little salt, Pumpkin Pie spice, and sugar. Bake for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are nice and brown.
Now over to you… did you like this little tidbit? Then please, share it with your friends! Do you have a favorite pumpkin seed recipe? I would love to see it in the comments below!
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