Pumpkin seeds have recently become one of my all-time favorite snacks. They can be usually be found in the bulk food section, or Eden Organic sells 4 oz. packs of dry roasted pumpkin seeds that are ahhhmazing (and only cost about $2.75).
Pumpkin seeds are the perfect snack for a few reasons. A serving size is 1/4 cup. In this 1/4 cup there are:
- 200 Calories
- 10 grams of Protein
- 5 grams of Fiber
- 50% DV of Magnesium!
- Some Iron & Zinc
A lot of people are afraid of eating "fats" - but what a lot of folks don't realize is that our body NEEDS fats to function - our brain is made up of 2/3 fatty substances! The key is to giving your body a lot of the good fat and hardly any of the bad. Bottom line, pumpkin seeds are an easy to eat, filling and nutritious snack to get you through until lunch or dinner. Better yet, it's OCTOBER and almost time to start carving pumpkins. Take out the seeds, boil them in water for about 5-8 minutes, drain and pat them dry, toss em' in a very little bit of oil (I use grape seed, but whatever works), add a little salt & pepper (or turmeric if you want to get fancy - it's good) and roast them at 325 for about 10 minutes, flipping occasionally to evenly brown them. They burn fast, so don't walk away from the stove. Enjoy!