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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hello Pumpkin Seeds!!....Good-bye Cute Halloween Pumpkin

Pumpkin seeds are a very healthy and delicious snack. If you have a Halloween pumpkin, don't throw it out! Make something healthy!!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
This recipe is for the seeds from one large pumpkin.
drizzle of olive oil
sprinkled sea salt, cumin, garlic salt

Clean the pumpkin seeds out of the pumpkin.  Pat to dry and let air dry for 30 minutes. Place on a pan sprayed with eat clean cooking spray.  Drizzle with olive and sprinkle with sea salt, cumin and garlic salt.  Stir around and make sure to try to make a single layer. Bake at 275 for about 30 min, stirring them around half way through.

What is in for me????." Pumpkin seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, essential minerals, and compounds called "phytosterols."  Phytosterols reduce the levels of cholesterol in the blood. WHF also states that they boost the immune system and lower cancer risks.


Pumpkin seeds are loaded with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and other key nutrients that all have anti inflammatory benefits. This unique blend of healthy nutrients works together to provide a strong anti inflammatory response to the body. 

Cholesterol lowering

Phytosterols make up the cell membranes of plants. They can aid and assist cholesterol in the body by taking some of the work load ordinarily performed by cholesterol. So pumpkin seed oil benefits the body greatly by helping to reduce the body’s overall need for cholesterol.


Pumpkin seeds contain high levels of L-tryptophan. A lot of people supplement with L-tryptophan because it generally promotes rest and relaxation. Apart from being a building block to serotonin, it’s also a building block to melatonin, which is the sleep hormone. When a person doesn’t have enough serotonin and melatonin, they can very easily begin to feel restless and anxious. Depression can quickly follow as well as fatigue and a number of other unpleasant conditions. Pumpkin seed oil benefits the body by giving it the building blocks to make more complex chemicals and help a person stay motivated, awake, and happy.

Rich source of Minerals, Protein, and Mono-saturated Fats

In addition to their above-listed unique health benefits, pumpkin seeds also provide a wide range of traditional nutrients. They are a very good source of the minerals magnesium, manganese and phosphorus, and a good source of iron, copper, protein, and zinc. Snack on a quarter-cup of pumpkin seeds and you will receive 46.1% of the daily value for magnesium, 28.7% of the DV for iron, 52.0% of the DV for manganese, 24.0% of the DV for copper, 16.9% of the DV for protein, and 17.1% of the DV for zinc.

Prostate Health

I don't have one of these, ha ha, but this really is worth noting for the men...It has been shown that pumpkin seed benefits and positively influences androgenic hormones and have even been suspected of inhibiting androgen receptors that can cause cancerous prostate cells to multiply. So pumpkin seed oil has numerous suspected benefits to persons suffering from prostate enlargement and prostate cancer. These findings haven’t been acknowledged in popular medicine, but more and more, studies are beginning to show the positive benefits of pumpkin seed oil on prostate health.

Bye Bye cutie pumpkin

Inside the pumpkin...gross

scoop it out with a metal spoon..I broke this plastic one

rinse and pick out pumpkin pulp

Spread on paper towel to dry

Drizzle with oil and then sprinkle with spices and salt

Stir it all up

Bake it in the over

Enjoy and crunchy, yummy, healthy snack!!

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