Pumpkin seeds contain many minerals and health benefits, lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. They also improve mood, relieve anxiety and depressive states, insomnia, as well as migraines. In addition, the vitamins and minerals contained in pumpkin seeds improve the work of the kidneys and urinary system. Pumpkin seeds are also often used to cleanse the body of parasites.
What else can they help with?
Pumpkin seeds are relatively calorie dense, but have a low glycemic index and numerous nutritional values. Thus, they can support the weight loss process if you consume them in moderation. Pumpkin seeds also have a beneficial effect on bone health and prevent osteoporosis. Thanks to their content of vitamins A, E and zinc, they also improve the condition of the skin, hair and nails.
How to use pumpkin seeds in the kitchen?
Pumpkin seeds can be used in a variety of ways. The easiest way to eat them is raw, but to make them more digestible you can roast them in a pan or in the oven. They are a great addition to salads, soups, sauces, smoothies, yoghurt, muesli or juices. They are also an excellent addition to baked goods such as breads, cakes and cookies.
How to prepare roasted seeds
- peeled pumpkin seeds
- olive oil
- spices or herbs (rosemary, thyme, paprika, soy sauce)
Clean the seeds, drain, dry and place on a clean baking sheet. Place the tray in a dry place and dry for two weeks. A quicker option is to dry them in the oven for one hour at 200°C. Here, however, it is necessary to wait until the seeds have cooled down. Before roasting, heat the olive oil in a pan and start roasting the seeds over a low heat. When the seeds start to brown and crackle, season them with salt or herbs. Then let them warm up in the pan, along with the spices. And that’s it!