Hold onto your pumpkin... SEEDS!
are a nutritional powerhouse!
Pumpkin seeds are a nutritional powerhouse, packing fibre, protein, healthy fats (omega 6), vitamin K, manganese, magnesium, iron and zinc! They also contain antioxidants, vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and folate. So when you carve today's jack-o-lantern, think twice about tossing those seeds!
This past weekend we carved pumpkins at my parents house and I saved all these seeds. I gave them a rinse to remove the pumpkin guts then tossed them with a little olive oil and sea salt. Baked them on a cookie sheet in a single layer at 300 degrees f, for 30-40 minutes stirring occasionally and voila!
Nutritional studies show that including foods high in antioxidants in your diet can reduce the risk of disease and reduce inflammation. Some evidence shows that pumpkin seeds may reduce risk of certain cancers (stomach, breast, lung, prostate and colon). The high level of magnesium in pumpkin seeds is beneficial for heart and bone health, and can help regulate blood sugar levels. The high levels of zinc in pumpkin seeds can improve sperm quality and fertility in men. Finally, pumpkin seeds may help you sleep, they are a good source of tryptophan, zinc and magnesium all of which promote restful sleep!
But don't stop at pumpkin seeds, the seed from all your favourite gourds can be saved and eaten! Try roasting your spaghetti squash, acorn, buttercup, or butternut squash seeds too! #NOMNOM