It’s Halloween! Instead of tricking yourself into eating candy, how about treating yourself to something a little healthier like pumpkin seeds? Chances are you’ll have some extra ones laying around anyway if you’re planning on carving pumpkins! The following are some quick health benefits:
They’re packed with magnesium!
Did you know that just a 1/2 cup of toasted pumpkin seeds contains more than 90% of your daily value of magnesium? For those of you wondering why magnesium matters- Magnesium helps to strengthen our bones as well as help with our circulation. It is something which most of us have a difficult time getting enough of.
They’re filled with fiber!
That’s right! Toasted pumpkin seeds are not only tasty; they contain tons of fiber, which will leave you feeling more satisfied (and less guilty) than you would feel after eating all of that candy!
They make you feel better!
Toasted pumpkin seeds contain a compound called L-tryptophan, which is said to naturally improve your mood as well as provide a defense against depression.
They may prevent osteoporosis!
Osteoporosis has been linked to low levels of zinc. Because pumpkin seeds are naturally high in zinc, they may act as a natural protector against osteoporosis.
They are rich in antioxidants!
Pumpkin seeds contain a variety of antioxidants, which may help you to fend off diseases and illness.
Directions for Toasting Pumpkin Seeds:
- Preheat oven to 450.
- Rinse of pumpkin seeds in cold water.
- In a large bowl, toss pumpkin seeds with a little EVOO, dried garlic and sea salt (to taste).
- On a lined baking sheet, spread pumpkin seeds evenly.
- Bake at 400-450 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until tops of seeds are slightly browned.