Kitchener Waterloo Naturopath tells all about Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds…

a Big Reason the Pumpkin is so Great!

Known as Pepitas in Mexico, they are among the few foods that improve in nutritive value as they decompose.  The older they get, the better their nutrition.  Add them to your salads, smoothies, and cereals.  Pumpkin seeds need to become your favourite snack and here are the reasons why…

They are the only seed that is alkaline-forming, a very good thing when our diets are highly acidic.

They contain phytosterols which can reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.

They are high in protein.

They were traditionally used to kill parasites.

They decrease inflammation for arthritis.

They prevent the formation of kidney stones.

They are good for prostate health.

They contain L-tryptophan which aids in good sleep and lowers depression.

They are full of minerals (phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron and copper).

They are high in zinc which protects against osteoporosis.

How to Prepare Pumpkin Seeds

Thanks to Angela Liddon, author of Oh She Glows cookbook!
1.  Clean the seeds until there are no signs of pumpkin guts.

2.  Boil for 10 min. in salt water.  Add one tsp of salt, bring the water to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 10 min.

3.  Drain the seeds, then dry lightly using a paper towel or tea towel.

4.  Spread seeds on baking sheet and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil (1 tsp).  Add a fine grain sea salt.

5.  Roast seeds at 325 degrees for 10 min.  Remove from oven and stir.  Roast for another 10 min.  During the last 5 min., remove a couple seeds and crack open to make sure the inner seeds are not burning.

6.  Eat!

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