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Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
When fall sneaks up on us, pumpkins began to pop up from the ground, surrounding us wherever we go. Pumpkin season is probably one of the most delicious, and aromatic season of them all, and with it comes so many activities and delicious recipes. We can bake delicious pumpkin pies, drink yummy pumpkin lattes, carve pumpkins to put on our doorsteps, and roast the seeds that most people throw away. Pumpkin seeds contain many health benefits and hold a savory crunch and a delicious, salty taste. So next time you carve a pumpkin, pick out those delicious seeds, and roast them for a quick and easy snack for days to come.
The Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are not only a delicious and savory snack to take with you on the go to keep you energized, but there are so many health benefits when you consume pumpkin seeds.
Pumpkin seeds contain a high amount of magnesium. Magnesium serves many health benefits such as aiding in building strong bones, proper tooth formation, it allows blood vessels to relax, and allows for proper bowel function and movement.
Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc. Zinc is a mineral that is crucial for health. Zinc provides many benefits such as cell growth, sleep, mood, eye and skin health, insulin regulation, the sense of smell and taste, and allows for male sexual function. Zinc is also crucial for a strong immune system.
Pumpkin seeds are a good source for plant based omega-3's.
Pumpkin seeds are great for mens prostate health.
Pumpkin seeds help prevent against diabetes since they help regulate insulin levels.
Pumpkin seed oil is rich in natural phytoestrogens which is good for which leads to good cholesterol levels with decreases in blood pressure, hot flashes, headaches joint pains, and other symptoms which are seen in postmenopausal women.
Pumpkin seeds are rich in healthy fats, antioxidants, and fiber, which aid in health of the heart and liver.
Pumpkin seeds are rich in tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid which is a protein building block that the body coverts into serotonin, which then turns to melatonin, and this conversion is what allows one to get good sleep at night.
Pumpkin seeds have an amazing anti-inflamatory property which helps fight against arthritis and other bone and joint disorders.
- Raw pumpkin seeds
- sea salt, (to taste)
- Organic coconut oil, (to grease the cookie sheet)
- Gut a pumpkin and separate the seeds.
- Rinse off the seeds in cold water.
- Dry the seeds off with a paper towel.
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
- Grease a cookie sheet with organic coconut oil.
- In a bowl add the rinsed and dried raw pumpkin seeds and sea salt and mix well.
- Spread the seeds out on the greased cookie sheet.
- Place the seeds in the oven for an hour and 20 minutes until the seeds are golden brown and crispy.
- Eat and enjoy!
|Serving size: 64g|
|Calories from Fat||108|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 12 g||18%|
|Saturated fat 2 g||10%|
|Carbohydrates 34 g||11%|
|Sugar 0 g|
|Fiber 1 g||4%|
|Protein 12 g||24%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 12 mg||1%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
© 2013 Jami Johnson