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Pumpkin Seeds

When it comes to seeds, pumpkin seeds are one of my favorites. They’re not only delicious, but also a great source of zinc. Peeled pumpkin seeds are green, flat and oval. I could sprinkle them on all my salads.

How do I use pumpkin seeds?

So for the taste and  bite these seeds are great to add to any salad, but there are many other options. They are delicious as toppings for breakfast (buckwheat, oatmeal or any other porridge ) or in smoothies. You could also add them in homemade granola, energy bars, pastries, nuts mix, roasted as a snack or make homemade butter.

How healthy are pumpkin seeds?

One cup pumpkin seeds contains:

  • 12g protein
  • healthy fats
  • fibers
  • iron
  • magnesium (42% of DV)
  • potassium
  • zinc (44% of DV)
  • manganese
  • vitamin E
  • antioxidants
  • l-tryptophan
  • pumpkin seeds are a proven remedy in fighting worms such as tapeworms.

Pumpkin seeds don’t only taste great, there is scientific evidence that these seeds contain a good amount of antioxidants, especially vitamin E. Our food today is particularly low in minerals and pumpkin seeds are packed with minerals. Pumpkin seeds, oils and extracts have unique antimicrobial benefits. It has also been demonstrated that these seeds have anticancer benefits, cardiovascular benefits, are good when having a blood pressure that is lowering and they’re beneficial in prostate issues (such as prostate enlargement).

Every day a small handful is already enough! Make sure to buy the raw and unsalted seeds though. If you can buy these in bulk, they’re great for freezing as well.

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