Pumpkins are not just for decorating! Pumpkins are high in antioxidants, boosting your vision, skin health and immune system. They are also an excellent source of dietary fiber and help to lower cholesterol levels and aid in weight loss.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Try this delicious smoothie to ramp up your antioxidant intake, and enjoy a sweet treat with less sugar and fewer calories!
Blend ingredients in your blender:
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (Not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 cup almond milk, or coconut milk
- 1/2 banana
- Honey to taste (about 1tsp)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Once you have finished carving your pumpkin, keep your seeds to make a tasty snack! Pumpkin seeds are especially high in zinc, which naturally boosts your immune system, and zinc is also really important for men’s health and testosterone levels.
- Clean the pumpkin seeds. To separate the seeds and the pumpkin guts, add it all to a big bowl of water, and separate with your hands.
- Boil pumpkin seeds for 10 minutes in salt water. Add seeds to a pot of water with 1tsp salt, allow to boil and then reduce to simmer for 10 minutes. This process will increase the digestibility of the seeds, and make them more crispy. If you are short on time, or patience, this step is definitely optional.
- Drain the seeds and pat dry. Spread on a baking sheet.
- Add olive oil – amount depends on how many seeds you have, but 1tsp should be plenty. Massage the seeds and coat with oil.
- Sprinkle with salt and spread the seeds out as much as possible
- Roast seeds at 325F for 10 minutes, remove from oven and stir. Roast for another 8-10 minutes, but they will have to be watched closely to ensure they don’t burn.
- During the last 5 minutes in the oven, remove a few seeds to make sure they are not burning. To check: crack them open – you don’t want them to be brown. The inner seed should only have a golden tinge when they are perfectly done.
- Let cool and enjoy! You can have them as a snack on their own, or add them to your salads!
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