Mostly we eat raw nuts and seeds around here, but once in a while, roasted pepitas are SO good.
When my son and DIL recently visited, I arranged a healthy snack platter that included a little bowl of pepitas.
It was emptied in SECONDS, and I had to refill the bowl at least three times. My son couldn’t stop eating them — and that always makes me happy.
What ARE pepitas?
Pepitas are the green kernels from pumpkin seeds. The seeds are removed from the pumpkin and then dried.
They’re a good source of zinc and protein and they also provide iron, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, some B-complex vitamins, and dietary fiber.
Pepitas can be eaten as they are, sprinkled on top of cereal, added to salads, savory dishes, and roasted vegetables.
Seeds are often the forgotten sisters of nuts, but seeds have many amazing health benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked, according to Kristin Schierenbeck, Director of Nutrition at Puritan’s Pride.
The good people at Puritan’s Pride sent me an amazing and delicious array of samples from their collection of wholesome foods.
See that one picture? I had to be quick as a bunny to snap it because my son packed EVERY SINGLE item to take home with him. That’s how much he loved them.
So much for me cooking and baking, but it’s even better knowing that he’ll have great sources of good nutrition.
Seeds contain protein, essential fatty acids, fiber, vitamins and trace minerals. Some other favorites:
- Hemp seeds are one of the few vegetarian sources of a complete protein.
- Hemp is one of the earliest known cultivated plants with a history dating back thousands of years.
- Chia seeds are a good source of fiber.
- Fiber helps to lower the glycemic index of meals and helps maintain blood sugar levels already within normal range.
- Fiber also helps maintain healthy functioning of the GI tract and can support colon health.
- Fiber promotes heart health and helps maintain cholesterol levels already within normal range.
- Chia seeds provide Omega-3 in the form of Alpha Linoleic Acid (ALA) and Omega-6 as Linoleic Acid (LA) – vegetarian sources of these essential nutrients.
- Essential fatty acids provide support for heart and skin health.
- Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of Vitamin E. One of tugboat man’s FAVORITE ways to eat sunflower seeds is sprinkled on salad. I’ll have to remember that before he returns, which better be soon!
- Flax seeds provide Omega-3 and Omega-6 – 2 essential fatty acids that can’t be produced in the body and must be obtained from diet.
- The Omega-3 fatty acids contribute to heart health and provide an energy source for the body.
- Flax seeds provide Oleic Acid, which contributes to nerve health.
My son throws the chia, flax, and hemp seeds in his daily protein smoothies and combines the pepitas and sunflower seeds with nuts and dried fruits for his surf trips to Santa Cruz.
I’ll be heading up to visit him in a couple of weeks and will finally be able to bake cookies and protein bars using all the seeds as ingredients.
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