When you buy the pumpkin, for Halloween or for cooking, do you dig the inside out and then throw it away? And do you buy supplements based on zinc, magnesium, Omega3?
Maybe after this article you will have some more scruples about throwing them in the trash!
Let's see why it is worth drying pumpkin seeds and storing them, or even buying them, ready and eating them. alone as a snack, or added to soups or salads or even in tasty veg recipes.
Pumpkin seeds have good flavor, multiple healthful properties and are happy to munch on. Attention only to do not exceed, as they provide several calorie.
Pumpkin seeds: how many calories?
In the seed, in all the seeds, due to their natural composition, there are the substances that the seedling needs to germinate and start growing.
We can consider the seeds almost like "vegetable eggs"! Unfortunately, the consequence is, like eggs, a high fat content.
Seeds are concentrated foods, they contain very little water: water, in fact, will only be needed at the moment of germination, when the seed is placed in the ground, to start the growth of the plant.
Pumpkin seeds are certainly no exception, with about the 50% fat (good yes, but very energetic), which make the caloric intake soar up to about 560 calories per 100 grams of pumpkin seeds.
We can use them to produce at home energy bars, mix "restorative"to be used as snacks to enrich salads and vegetable purees, to create muesli substantial to add to milk or yogurt to start the day in the best possible way, or simply toasted in a pan or in the oven.
If, like us, you have a bad relationship with the scale, pay close attention to the doses.
Did you know that pumpkin seeds help with prostate ailments?
The thousand virtues of pumpkin seeds
In our daily diet we are not used to using seeds: perhaps because we still know too little about them. The seeds are often neglected, rarely included among healthy foods, and this is a shame, because they are rich in minerals, proteins, "good" vegetable fats.
In particular those of pumpkin seeds, whose composition is as follows:
- 50% vegetable fats such as oleic and linoleic acids, of good quality (relatives of Omega3, so to speak);
- 24% carbohydrates;
- 18% protein (excellent Vegan protein source);
- Mineral salts: magnesium (excellent ally against stress), zinc (protector of the prostate and urinary tract, helps clean the skin), selenium, phosphorus, vitamin E.
They are also rich in substances with deworming action against intestinal parasites and we can consider them as real natural supplements, with low costs, which does not hurt, in this period.
We recommend, within a balanced and varied diet, approx 10 grams per day of pumpkin seeds (About 60 calories), corresponding to 1 or 2 tablespoons.
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To learn more:
> Pumpkin: properties and benefits
> Pumpkin seed flour, characteristics and properties