Diet and Nutrition

Monday meals: Pumpkin Seeds Sweet and Spicy

Autumn is here! Take a break from the Pumpkin Spice lattes, muffins, yogurts, cheesecakes, room sprays, candles, and body washes to roast up some real pumpkin flavor. Roasting pumpkin seeds could not be simpler, starting with store-bought seeds with no shells or with fresh seeds straight from your jack-o-lantern. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of iron, zinc, fiber, protein, magnesium, healthy plant fats and tryptophan, which your body uses to make serotonin for sleep and mood stability.

Oh She Glows walks you through the quick process of rinsing, boiling and toasting your fresh pumpkin seeds; resulting in a lightly salted snack, in the post How To Roast Perfect Pumpkin Seeds – Easy, Crunchy, Addictive!

Tastes So Lovely serves up a recipe for Roasted Spicy Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds, with a kicky blend of cayenne, garlic and lemon pepper.

But if sweet is what you are craving, check out Fork Knife Swoon’s Sweet and Salty Roasted Brown Sugar Pumpkin Seeds. Butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, does it get any better?

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Alison Relyea-Parr

Alison Relyea-Parr

Alison is the editor and contributor of Womenshealth.com. A UW-Madison graduate, Alison is also an illustrator and educator.

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