No part of your pumpkin goes to waste. Those tiny pumpkin seeds inside are mini nutritional powerhouses! They are easy to carry and require no refrigeration, making them an excellent snack on the go, rather than salty, preservative laced chips.
These seeds are rich in magnesium, which promotes the healthy pumping of your heart and proper bone and tooth formation. Recent studies suggest that pumpkin seeds help improve insulin regulation, helping to prevent diabetes.
Women going through the complications of hot flashes, headaches and joint pain that come with menopause can greatly benefit from pumpkin seed oil, that decreases blood pressure and helps alleviate these symptoms.
Pumpkin seeds are also a rich source of tryptophan, which is converted into melatonin, the "sleep hormone." Eating pumpkin seeds a few hours before bed helps promote a calm and restful night's sleep.
Here’s an easy recipe to make a tasty snack of these seeds. You will need:
- 1 ½ cups raw whole pumpkin seeds
- 2 tsps butter, melted
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp oregano
Preheat oven to 150 degrees C. Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter, oregano and salt. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes until golden brown; stirring occasionally. When ready, cool and fill in an airtight container. Enjoy!
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