Sweet and Salty Pumpkin Seeds

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Photo from AllRecipes.com

Photo from AllRecipes.com

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.

Enjoy!

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I Love Fall!

I lovPumpkin Piee fall! The leaves, the crispness in the air, the excitement around the holidays coming up, and pumpkin everything!!! Did you know that pumpkin is actually quite healthy for you? It’s high in fiber and vitamin A. Hopefully by now, you know I’m a smoothie fan. It’s a quick and easy meal that gives me tons of nutrition packed into a tasty treat. In honor of fall and all things pumpkin, here is my recipe for a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie:

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

1/2 Can Pumpkin (I buy organic when possible)

1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie seasoning (Or more depending on how spicy you want it. I personally can’t get enough of this stuff)

1/2 cup – 1 cup ice (depending on how thick you want it)

8 ounces Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (Can also use Rice or Coconut Milk)

Vanilla Sweet Leaf Stevia Drops (I only use 2 because I don’t like it super sweet, My husband uses 5!)

Vanilla Protein Powder (I use Juice Plus Complete)

I put all of the ingredients in my Vitamix, and voila! 

Enjoy! 

Now over to you! What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe?

 

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