Pumpkin seeds are delicious AND amazingly healthy!

I like to call pumpkin seeds by their spanish name of pepitas, because it’s more fun, sounds exotic and it makes me feel like tap dancing. Try it!

The best way to have pepitas is to do this (slightly time-consuming, but well worth it). Why? Because nuts and seeds contain natural compounds that stall their growth until it’s likely they’ll survive (Your pantry is not that place!) These compounds (ex. phytates) bind to minerals in the seed- and they do the same thing when incorporated into your body. You must fool them into thinking they’re safe to grow…:

  1. Soak pepitas in water overnight (on the counter top).
  2. Drain water, spread pepitas on a cookie sheet, bake at 200 degrees for a few hours (till crispy), periodically shaking the pan to unstick seeds and redistribute. Alternatively, dry till crispy in a dehydrator. 
  3. Optional addition: toss in a frying pan with tamari until seeds pop. 
  • Lots of nutrition: zinc, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron!
  • Have anti-parasitic activity.
  • Many benefits likely associated with high antioxidant levels.
  • Inhibits testosterone-induced prostate enlargement (common factor leading to benign prostatic hyperplasia)
  • Reduction of hot flashes, headaches and joint pain associated with menopause (as well as heart disease associated with fluctuations of estrogen).
  • Heart protective
  • Liver protective (ex. against Tylenol overdose)
  • Arthritis reduction
  • Insomnia & anxiety: due to their high level of tryptophan (must be munched along with a carbohydrate, such as a cracker or dried fruit).

Source: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/remarkable-healing-properties-pumpkin-seed

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