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16-Sep-2012

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.

Recommended: Omega Nutrition Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder and Go Raw Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds

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Peter Kua | SunnyOm.com commented on 23-Jan-2013 10:25 PM5 out of 5 stars

Besides the flesh and seeds, pumpkin peel contains high concentrations of beta-carotene and vitamins A and C. Eat the peel especially if you buy an organic pumpkin. Don't let it go to waste!

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