Pumpkins are delicious in a variety of ways making them the most versatile plant in both sweet and savoury recipes. Not only are they a pleasing indulgence to our tastebuds, they are incredibly nutrient dense and play a vital role in protecting our body and its systems.
Pumpkin is one of the top anti-angiogenic foods (cancer killing)
It is high in Vitamin C and Vitamin A – containing antioxidants, specifically beta-carotene
Vitamin E and B Vitamins
High in Fibre
Low in Fat
Contains Anti-microbial Properties – anti-fungal, anti-viral
Pumpkin has been shown in studies to help regulate insulin.
Pumpkin is an excellent post workout recovery snack as it has more replenishing potassium serving to serving than a banana.
…and that is just the puree. Pumpkin seeds are packed with protein and iron and zinc, they also contain healthy doses of Manganese, Tryptophan, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper, and did I mention that they are really high in Iron? (amazing news for herbivores)
Time to make a field trip to the local pumpkin patch! Or for the less adventurous, aka more time constricted… the local market. Bring home your plump orange beauty and start creating delicious homemade pumpkin puree.
Pumpkin uses are only limited by your imagination:
Pies, breads, muffins, cakes, cookies
pancakes, crepes, waffles
ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies, juices
both savoury and sweet sauces and spreads
soups, stews, bakes and casseroles
AND a part of your beauty regime! (More details next blog)
DO NOT THROW OUT THE SEEDS!
How to Lightly Roast your Pumpkin Seeds
- Clean your seeds, removing all excess pumpkin pulp and rinse.
- Set in saturated salt water overnight or for the impatient Boil in salt water for 10 mins
- Rinse in cool water and pat your seeds dry or spread out on a dry towel
- Toss seeds in coconut oil or olive oil and add sea salt to taste (I like simply sea salted with chili flakes)
- Spread out on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake at 325° for about 20 minutes shaking or stirring the seeds around every 5 or 10 minutes to prevent burning
- Allow them to cool and enjoy!
A word to the wise: Be mindful not to overcook or the delicate insides can burn without you knowing it.
Now that you have your seeds, you can use them as:
- Healthy addition to smoothies
- Salad garnish
- Mixed in granola and cereals
- Sprinkled on top on homemade muffins or breads before baking
- Enjoyed on their own as a light and nutritious snack of course!
Health & Happiness,
– informed fitness