Super Food - Pumpkin Seeds
by Blake M Talvitz

They have a sweet, nutty flavor. Unlike other nuts and seeds, they have a chewy
texture to them. Although you can get pumpkin seeds year round, the freshest ones
are sold in Fall. You can buy them in bulk at several grocery stores, shelled or
unshelled. You can also eat them shelled or unshelled. They taste great toasted. A
great way to toast them is to toss two cups of pumpkin seeds with sea salt and soy
sauce or tamari. Place the seasoned pumpkin seeds on a rimmed baking sheet and
spread them out wide. Put them in an oven that you set at 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pumpkin seeds can go bad quick, however. So, you want to eat them fairly quickly
after buying or harvesting them. You can keep them in an airtight container for up to
two weeks before they go rancid. If you must keep them longer, you can keep them
in your freezer for up to six months.


About The Author

Blake M Talvitz has been writing articles for 5 years, covering a number of topics
such as health, fitness, home and garden, and business management. Her latest
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The next time you want to snack on
something, snack on some pumpkin
seeds. They have a good balance of
fat and protein. They also provide
you with a good amount of minerals,
such as phosphorous, magnesium,
phosphorous, zinc, iron, copper,
vitamin K, and manganese. They also
contain tryptophan, a precursor to
serotonin, a mood enhancing
chemical produced in the brain.
Another benefit to eating them is
they help reduce blood cholesterol
levels. A 1/2 cup of unshelled seeds is
160 calories, 13 grams of heart
healthy fat, and 8 grams of protein.
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