Pumpkin seeds are good for you

pumpkin-carving2Carving pumpkins is fun and eating their seeds is good for you. Hoisting a hefty pumpkin will not only help your muscles, but did you know that eating a serving of seeds will give you 5 grams of protein? They also are yummy sources of zinc, manganese, phosphorus, iron, and potassium, too.

An excellent way to enjoy this healthy snack is to let the seeds air dry by themselves or roast them. When you’re done carving the pumpkin for the kiddos, separate the seeds from any extra pulp and dry them off. If you want to roast them, coat them with a dot of olive oil if you like it, you don’t need much at all, and perhaps a pinch of sea salt. Spread them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and roast them at about 250 degrees F for about an hour, turning every 15 to 20 minutes.  Be sure they have cooled off before you dive in!

These are great as snacks, on salads, ground up in muffins or bread crumb mixes. What do you do with your pumpkin seeds?

For more information on the benefits of pumpkin seeds and a different roasting technique, here’s a link to an interesting article.

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