Thursday, October 27, 2011

In Honor of Halloween, Let's Talk Pumpkin Seeds!

After carving your pumpkin this year, save the seeds! These little buggers are full of nutrients and can add a nice crunch to a salad or oatmeal. Another option is to roast them and eat them alone as a snack. Delicious!

2 oz of pumpkin seeds gives you about 19 grams of protein and 240 calories. These yummy seeds are also surprisingly rich in Iron, Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Manganese, Niacin, Thiamin, and Folate. Pumpkin seeds are not only a good source of protein but fat as well.

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  1. Here is a an easy roasting recipe. Feel free to share your favorite pumpkin seed recipe.

    Wash and drain pumpkin seeds and discard pulp. Spread out on a cookie sheet to dry. I let it dry overnight

    Preheat oven to 325 F. Line a baking sheet with non-stick foil.

    Toss pumpkin seeds in a little bit of olive oil or some people like to cover the foil sheet with olive oil. Sprinkle the seeds with a small amount of salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper or your choice of seasoning. Toss or stir to lightly coat the seeds.

    Bake about 25 minutes. Be sure to toss or stir the seeds about every 10 minutes