Why You Should Try Eating Pumpkin Seeds

After you have carved your halloween pumpkins, here is why you should try eating pumpkin seeds

We all generally reach for the bin to dispose of the insides of a pumpkin. Especially those annoying stringy bits that the seeds are entangled in

But the seeds themselves are highly nutritious, not just the pumpkin flesh, and eating them could have great health benefits as well as being easy to cook

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a close up of a bowl of pumpkin seeds with a pumpkin in the back ground

Health Benefits

Pumpkin seeds are high in antioxidants such as carotenoids and vitamin E. Theses antioxidants can help reduce inflammation and protect your cells from free radicals without any side effects

They are very high in magnesium, which is something a lot of people lack in their diets. Magnesium helps with controlling blood pressure, regulating blood sugar levels as well as maintaining healthy bones

High in fibre which is great for good digestive health

These power packed seeds are also rich in zinc. Zinc is important for fertility especially male fertility

Being a natural source of tryptophan they can help you sleep better. Tryptophan is an amino acid which can promote sleep

Pumpkin seeds are also a good source of unsaturated fats, which is beneficial for your heart and help improve cholesterol levels

 

Easy To Cook

Pumpkin seeds really don’t take long to cook either

Once you have de-stringed them, wash them and strain them in a colander

Lay them all out flat on a tea towel to air dry, as they need to be perfectly dry to cook as you roast them. If they are still damp they steam and don’t crisp up

Once they are dry line a baking sheet with baking paper and scatter the pumpkin seeds ensure they are not overlapping or in a clump. This is quite easy to do once they are totally dry as they separate easier then

Sprinkle them with salt, table salt or rock salt is fine. If you want to add your favourite dried herb now would be the best time to do it

Bake in a pre-heated oven on 180 degrees for about 8 minutes or until golden brown

Do not eat until cooled

a tray of roasted pumpkin seeds ready to eat

Such an easy and delicious way to avoid throwing them away. That is why you should try eating pumpkin seeds this year

 


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2 Comments

  1. 11/10/2020 / 06:52

    It’s so great that you provided a reminder to eat the pumpkin seeds after carving a jack-o-lantern! I love pumpkin seeds, and just made a batch!

  2. 13/10/2020 / 17:07

    Pumpkin seeds are too good! I just got done making some last night and added some garlic powder (and salt of course.) I highly recommend! Pumpkin seeds are definitely a fall staple.
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