As we enter the fall season, there’s one vegetable popping up in nearly every store and in many products: the famous pumpkin. But what about the seeds? These seeds are found in the center of the pumpkin, and once the outer casing is removed, you find a delicious seed inside, ready to roast (if you prefer!) and explode in your mouth for enjoyment. Pumpkin seeds have a nutty flavor, which adds flavor depth to many dishes. And these rich little seeds also pack their share of the bargain nutritionally, too.
Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of protein, and have many health benefits, such as promoting lower cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of heart disease. Additionally, pumpkin seeds are packed with nutrients. It is an important source of magnesium and zinc. Magnesium has been shown to help control blood sugar, regulate blood pressure, promote bone health, and reduce the risk of heart disease. Zinc enhances immune and thyroid function. Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of iron and vitamin K. One ounce serving of pumpkin seeds provides 146 calories and 4 grams of carbs plus 9 grams of protein (18% of the DV), 23% of the DV for iron, and 17% of vitamin K . , 37% DV of magnesium, 14% DV of zinc, and 42% DV of manganese.
check this out Top 5 ways to use pumpkin seeds To add to the powerful nutrients and antioxidants these crunchy and delicious seeds have to offer.
Top 5 ways to use pumpkin seeds
1. Eat a handful and have a snack! Pumpkin seeds, with their naturally delicious flavor, can make a great grab and snack. Pumpkin seeds can be purchased lightly salted or in different flavors. Just be sure to read the label. Flavored pumpkin seeds have the potential to be higher in sodium.
2. Top your favorite salads with pumpkin seeds. Salads are a great choice for a healthy and delicious meal, so why not top one of your favorite salads with pumpkin seeds? Try this vegan salad filled with pumpkin seeds for inspiration: Cantaloupe salad with radish and pumpkin seeds.
3. Add a handful of pumpkin seeds to your next smoothie. Smoothies are a great way to introduce nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds into your diet. And pumpkin seeds can add a dose of healthy fats, protein, and fiber to your cold batter. Follow this juice Equation To make your own smoothie, with a few pumpkin seeds, today.
4. Make pumpkin seeds the highlight of your breakfast. Pumpkin — even at breakfast — epitomizes the feel and taste of fall, and why not double up and add pumpkin seeds, too? Try this easy recipe for Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats To make the most of a whole pumpkin – the flesh and the seeds. And be sure to check out the video for making this recipe, too.
5. Make protein-rich pumpkin energy balls. Using a food processor and a few simple ingredients, you can make nutritious and delicious food Snack. Thanks to pumpkin seeds, this Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites They are full of fiber and are a satisfying option when eating on the go.
Get inspired to eat vegan with pumpkin seeds thanks to my country green cereal bowl goddess. Check out the video for my recipe for the Green Goddess Buddha Bowl at Simply Sorghum over here.
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