Are you throwing away your pumpkin seeds? If so, you are missing out on crunchy nutritious bites. Pumpkin seeds contain numerous health benefits. Some of these include:
Magnesium; vital for healthy bones and teeth formation, healthy bowel functions, DNA and RNA synthesis, the pumping of the heart and blood vessels relaxation.
Zinc, especially important for reproductive health in both men and women, is essential for immunity, sense of taste and smell, eye and skin health.
Selenium, a strong antioxidant, which helps to rid the body of free radicals which promote cancer cell growth.
• Provide good quality proteins with the amino acid tryptophan, which helps to promote a restful night.
• Are good sources of B vitamins.
• Provide calories and a good amount of fibre. Best way to have them is roasted or boiled (for a short time, say 10-20 min) as this preserves nutrients. Wash the seeds and dry them, then sprinkle some salt, (a pinch).
Roast them by microwave or oven, or simply boil, then polish with a little olive oil and a seasoning of your choice to add to the flavour and health benefits. For variety, you could add them to your smoothies or your pancakes. My sister leaves hers on the dining table and everyone will pick a handful as they pass.