In Mary’s last blog she discussed Sesame Seeds now she tells us about the benefits of pumpkin seeds and includes a quick Tamari Toasted Pumpkin Seed Snack recipe.
Pumpkin seeds – what’s the big deal???
Pumpkin seeds are small green seeds which are an excellent source of zinc – essential for the reproductive system and promoting good prostate health along with boosting our immune systems and keeping us healthy.
As Christmas approaches and a lot of people’s lives get very busy, pumpkin seeds can play a great role in the diet. Pumpkin seeds are full of stress busting magnesium, B vitamin and serotonin which keeps the mood balanced. They also contain high levels of essential fatty acids which are also necessary to help fight inflammation in the body and promote a healthy brain. Pumpkin seeds contain ‘good fats’ hence lowering the “unhealthy” (LDL) cholesterol in the blood.
How do I use them?
- Eat raw
- Soak or dry-roast the seeds
- Eat on their own as a snack
- Use in baking (scones, brown bread etc) or in cooking
- As a soup or salad garnish (great source of protein too)
- Add to granola or home-made muesli
What do I do now?
Now that you know just how great pumpkin seeds are – head to the supermarket or your local health store, and pick up a pack of pumpkin seeds and start using them and feeling their benefits! Try my simply toasted recipe below for a flavour twist!
QUICK PUMPKIN SEED SNACK RECIPES
Tamari Toasted Seeds
– Serves 2
– High in protein, minerals and low in carbs – an ideal snack!
50g pumpkin seeds
½ -1 tbsp. of soya or tamari (gluten free) sauce
- Add seeds to a frying pan and turn on to medium heat.
- Gently dry fry these seeds for a minute or two and tip the tamari or soya sauce over mix and keep turning the mix but do not allow to burn.
- Turn off heat on pan and put the seeds on a plate to cool. Once cooled, you can store them in a sealed container for a few weeks.
- Top tip: It’s useful to make up a few portions of these at a time and keep them as a snack for the busy Christmas shopping period to keep your blood sugars balanced or they an be enjoyed with a portion of seasonal fruit for your break time!