Health Benefits of Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds Are Great For Your Health

pumpkin seedsRoasted pumpkin seeds are a nutritional powerhouse that not many people know about. They are a special treat to make around Halloween time when you are done carving your jack-o-lantern, but with all of their benefits, they should be enjoyed all year round.

Roasted pumpkin seeds are filled with protein, fiber, and iron, which keep your muscles and blood strong. The fiber helps to keep you satiated throughout the day. Pumpkin seeds also contain linolenic acid, which is a compound that helps to prevent heart disease by preventing the arteries around and in your heart from hardening. Roasted pumpkin seeds also contain calcium, zinc, potassium, and folate, all good liquid vitamins and minerals to help your body stay strong.

To reap all of these benefits, use this simple roasted pumpkin seeds recipe:
Open up a pumpkin of any size and remove the seeds from the pulp. Thoroughly wash the seeds to remove any slime from the pulp. Lay all of the seeds out on a paper towel on the counter and let them dry overnight. Once dry, place the seeds on a lightly greased cookie sheet in a single layer. Put them in the oven at 250 degrees for 20 minutes or until they are slightly crunchy. Remove them from the oven and let them cool completely before eating. At this point you can add other toppings to suit your taste. Some popular ideas are salt and butter (like popcorn, lime juice and salt, chipotle seasoning, cinnamon and sugar, or even chocolate covered.

Roasted pumpkin seeds are often the forgotten about snack, however, they have so many health benefits that they really should be considered. Use them as a snack by themselves, or add them to dessert recipes, salads, meat toppings or crusts, or even candy. They really do have many versatile uses, so it is easy to incorporate them into your life.

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