Halloween brings out the kids in the best of us. Dressing up and sharing a laugh with loved ones is fun! Orange is the reigning colour of the month, and ‘tis the month for going all out on all things orange. Decor, foods, you name it, there is a lot you can do to play on the beautiful fall colours that are now in play in colder parts of the world.
Fresh soups, pies, ice cream and lattes, we have seen a surge in what is on offer with this beautiful bright coloured vegetable. For those who live in warmer regions, pumpkins may still a very common food growing all year round, but if you can’t get it fresh, health food shops offer pumpkin seeds. They aren’t the cheapest, but they are so worth it.
Roasting your own seeds at home with orange and honey or other spices of choice is so easy and so so yummy. Simply scrape the little darlings out after opening your pumpkin, gently clean the seeds and dry them. Toss them with oil and spices and roast on 350 degrees for 10 minutes, or until you smell the aroma making you drool. You can alternatively dry them in a dehydrator, however roasting is what brings out the oils and yummy flavours.
Pumpkin Seeds are one of nature’s most nourishing foods. They contain high amounts of vitamin E, B-complex, magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. Pumpkin seeds are essential for men’s health and provide significant protection for the prostate gland. One to watch for our upcoming November Movember month, which is dedicated to Prostate Cancer Awareness.
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Pumpkins are in season and they are ready for the picking. Make sure you get this rich source of nourishment on your menu. Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of tryptophan, which is critical for good quality sleep and for keeping anxiety and depression at bay.
The B-complex vitamins in pumpkin seeds work as co-factors in the body to help reduce cholesterol and enhance GABA activity which is also known to reduce anxiety and neurological disorders.
Pumpkin seeds have high concentrations of phytosterols that can help to inhibit the absorption of cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract which ultimately can help reduce the bad cholesterol in the body. Pumpkin Seeds have also been known to prevent kidney stones and osteoporosis.
Pumpkin seeds are packed with minerals that help aid restful sleep and enhances mood. It is a great source of fiber, and has beneficial skin support and anti-diabetic functions, benefits post-menopausal women, prostate health and your immune system.
It also contains anti-inflammatory properties which provide benefit for those that suffer from chronic inflammation such as in sinusitis, arthritis, bursitis, and other autoimmune disorders.
A mighty power seed indeed. It is often we hear about superfoods today, forgetting that our everyday foods, if used correctly, can contain just as much benefit.
PUMPKIN SEED BUTTER
There are 2 ways of making this butter, and it depends on whether you are using the store bought seeds, or if you are using the raw seeds direct from the pumpkin you carved up for dinner last night.
Pumpkin seed butter is a great and tasty alternative to peanut butter and can be found online and in most health food stores. Or you can easily make it yourself at home. Try out this fun and easy 2-way recipe.
RAW SEEDS: Simply scoop out, clean and mix with coconut oil and spices of choice and roast at 350 degrees in the oven for 10mins or until golden and smelling divine. Continue using the store bought/ post-roasted recipe
STORE BOUGHT / POST-ROASTED: Simply place 1-2 cups of pumpkin seeds in the blender until smooth. Add 2tbsp coconut oil, and if you like spices, why not add in a bit of cinnamon, cloves or nutmeg. Whizz up and process until smooth. The longer you process it, the smoother it will become.
For an alternative recipe, why not do a mix of sunflower and pumpkin seeds, adding in toasted coconut adds a yummy layer of flavour too, if you like that thing that is. The options are endless.
Raw pumpkin seeds will provide you with the most nutrition and health benefits. Try sprinkling them on salads, adding them to trail mixes, or chop them with dates to make your own healthy energy bars.
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