Pumpkin season is in full effect. Once you’ve carved your masterpiece save those tasty seeds for an extremely nutritional snack.
Matcha and Sea Salt
These savory pumpkin seeds are dusted with matcha powder and sea salt. Matcha powder is a great source of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a powerful antioxidant that can also help lower blood pressure. To make, add a teaspoon of matcha powder and a sprinkle of salt (to taste) after roasting the seeds.
Turmeric and Black Pepper
In addition to looking decidedly Halloweeny, turmeric and black pepper offer more health benefits when served together. “Turmeric is long known for its anti-inflammatory properties,” says registered dietitian nutritionist Maggie Michalczyk. “And when combined with black pepper, studies have shown that the black pepper makes the cancer-fighting properties in turmeric up to 1,000 times more available to the body.” Start by adding a few tablespoons of canola oil to your pumpkin seeds before roasting. Add about a tablespoon of turmeric and a sprinkle of black pepper (to taste) after roasting.
Cardamom and Maca
For a snack that tastes like a spiced milkshake, reach for these seeds. Cardamom’s aromatic notes add depth to maca’s malt-like flavor. And while the research into maca’s health benefits is still in its infancy, maca has the potential to help balance hormones — particularly in postmenopausal women — and fight the flu virus, says registered dietitian nutritionist Barbra Sassower. Cardamom supplies its own share of benefits. It bursts with antioxidants and can also help lower blood pressure. You’ll lightly toss the pumpkin seeds with a tablespoon of olive oil before roasting. Sprinkle on a teaspoon of ground cardamom and a tablespoon of maca powder after roasting.
Kelp and Cayenne
Following a low-sodium diet? You’ll want to try these pumpkin seeds. “Cayenne pepper is my go-to for adding a lot of flavor without any sodium,” says Sassower. “And kelp adds a lot of flavor for such a modest amount of sodium.” Kelp also contains iodine, a mineral that supports thyroid function. Begin by adding one tablespoon of olive oil and one teaspoon of cayenne before roasting the seeds. Once cooled, sprinkle liberally with kelp granules.
Manuka Honey and Cinnamon
These pumpkin seeds offer a satisfying sweet-and-spicy crunch. Manuka honey provides powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, while cinnamon can help regulate blood sugar. To make, add two tablespoons of Manuka honey, one tablespoon of canola oil and a teaspoon of cinnamon to the seeds before roasting.
This is a snack for any chocolate lover. Cacao powder packs a powerful antioxidant punch that protects your cells from damage, thanks to phytonutrients called flavonols. Flavonol-rich foods can also lower the risk of heart disease, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. Before roasting the seeds, coat them in one tablespoon of coconut oil. And after roasting the seeds, stir in one tablespoon each of cinnamon and cacao powder.
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