Pumped for Pumpkin
Savory Squash Seeds
Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner, bringing yummy pumpkin-based foods to your table. Don’t forget to enjoy the seeds of this squash-like fruit beloved for its pulp as well as the succulent blossoms. A celebrated food of Native Americans, roasted pumpkin seeds are full of minerals like zinc and manganese, plus lots of antioxidants. Pumpkin seeds are rich in protein and cholesterol-busting oleic acids, boasting amino acids that aid sleep and reduce anxiety.
Raw or roasted, pumpkin seeds are a great source of vitamin E, niacin, pantothenic acid, B6 and folate. After carving your Halloween jack-o-lantern, wash the pulp off the seeds and dry them overnight on a paper bag. Place on a cookie sheet and roast them in the oven at 160-170 degrees F for 15-20 minutes (slow roast to preserve healthy oils). Toss the seeds with a little salt or lime-and-chili powder for a tasty, health-filled snack that will pep up your breakfast bowl, salad or stir-fry veggies. Pick a pumpkin and power up on protein-filled health.
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