June 30, 2011
who knew, pumpkin seeds aren’t just for halloween! turns out, we should be trying to incorporate them into our diet more and more. they contain zinc, iron and healthy omega-3s and omega-6’s.
zinc is a trace mineral that affects our immune function and acts upon more than 200 enzymes involved in metabolism, building cells and transporting carbon dioxide among other functions.
iron is needed to carry oxygen in the blood, and a low iron intake can lead to anemia. pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of iron, as 1 oz provides ever 4 mg (the daily recommendation for iron is 18 mg).
omega-3s and omega-6s: pumpkin seeds contain both of the ‘good’ fats which researches believe are important to consume together. for those of us who don’t eat fish, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, walnuts and pine nuts are an excellent way to reach our omega-3s and omega-6s needs.
for ideas on how to consume more pumpkin seeds, try these recipes!
– make your own knekkebrød crackers, perfect for dipping into hummus!
– roast the pumpkin, then roast the pumpkin seeds as a healthy snack or salad topping
– try making a pumpkin pizza wreath
– bake up some homemade granola
what are your favorite ways to eat pumpkin seeds?