The holidays are my favorite time of year. The fall and winter season is brimming with none stop holiday cheer, starting with Thanksgiving. Of course, with all of that holiday cheer comes food, food, food and more food. We all know that the consequence of diving head-on into that cornucopia of delicious foods, treats, and Thanksgiving recipes … weight gain! For the majority of us multi holiday revelers, this is a consequence we are willing to deal with, until after New Year’s Day, when we lie to ourselves about working towards a healthier and thinner new year.
Never fear my fellow multi-holiday revelers, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the “food holidays” and gain some health benefits at the same time. Let us start with the good ole pumpkin seed. Pumpkin seeds are considered one of the 14 super foods. Pumpkin seeds contain one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any food. Furthermore, pumpkin seeds are chocked full of vitamins and minerals which among these are; copper, protein, and magnesium. Pumpkin seeds are a natural substitute for iron, and because of their high zink content, they can help reduce the risk of prostate cancer. FYI: mosquitoes seem to really love people with low levels of zinc. So, keep this in mind while you’re sitting outside eating pumpkin seeds by the fireplace.
Speaking of eating pumpkin seeds by the fireplace, here is a delicious recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds.
1 1/2c pumpkin seeds
Ground Cayenne Pepper (1tsp. to start)
Salt (to taste, 1/4 to 1/2 tsp.)
2Tbl. Cooking oil (olive oil is preferable)
1 Standard Cookie sheet
Preheat your oven to 300 degrease F, while you prepare the pumpkin seeds. Mix pumpkin seeds and oil in a bowl until the pumpkin seeds are thoroughly coated. Pour the cayenne pepper and salt into a Ziploc bag. Add the pumpkin seeds; do not be afraid to add more cayenne pepper in order to get good coverage. Spoon the seeds onto the cookie sheet, spreading them out into a single layer. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Be sure to stir occasionally, so both sides of the pumpkin seeds can get crispy. Let cool, and enjoy!
1. Roastepumpkinseeds.com, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds