Most everyone reading this has heard of pumpkin seeds, but what do they mean in terms of nutrition? It’s obvious that they come from a pumpkin, but it might seem a bit foggy as to what to do with them exactly. How nutritious are pumpkin seeds? By the end of this post you will be crystal clear on the nutritional value of the pumpkin seed and I will give you a little peek into my pantry to show you what I am currently doing with them!
Crunchy. Creamy. Salty. Sweet.
It’s starting to get chilly here in South Carolina and with October brings sweaters, boots, and pumpkin EVERYTHING. More often than not, we forget about the seeds. Let me get to the point and give you the deets on the pumpkin seed and then show you exactly what I did with mine on this rainy, drizzly morning!
Pumpkin Seed Nutrition Breakdown
- Magnesium. One quarter cup contains half of your daily needs. This seed has been shown to benefit your blood pressure, and help prevent heart attack and stroke.
- Zinc. Great for our immune system, cell regeneration, sleep, mood, eye and skin health, as well as blood sugar stability.
- Omega 3s. Raw nuts and seeds are one of the best sources of omega 3s in plant form (ALA).
- Prostate Health. Research suggests not only pumpkin seeds, but also pumpkin oil are beneficial for the health of men’s prostate.
- Optimize blood sugar. This study concludes that pumpkin seeds help to regulate insulin levels.
- Sleep. ZZZZ. Pumpkin seeds are rich in tryptophan (an amino acid). Your body converts this to serotonin which then converts to melatonin (I know, I know — a lot of converting here). Long story short, if you eat a handful of pumpkin seeds and a piece of fruit a couple of hours before bed, your body will convert that into the hormones it needs to have a peaceful night’s rest.
The absolute best way to consume pumpkin seeds is raw. Organic pumpkin seeds will not be contaminated with pesticides.
Today’s recipe is super simple, as most of mine are. It can be made in less than 10 minutes and is super delish! It would even be good as a late night sweet-tooth snack since the seeds paired with fruit and warm cashew milk should put you to bed right. I love the sweet flavor of the Silk cashew milk on these oats paired with pears, cinnamon, goji berries and of course, pumpkin seeds.
What I love about this “recipe” is it is really just oatmeal with Silk cashew milk and my favorite Fall fruits and superfood toppings.
— Pantry Doctor (@PantryDoctor) October 2, 2015