I think one of the main reasons folks have a problem with their weight is the American Diet that includes lots of meat and potatoes, not to mention junky fast foods. So, this Guide to edible seeds may be very handy. Seeds provide a lot of nutritional value in the form of useful fiber, fats and protein. Some people object to the calorie count, but that seems a small price to pay for good nutrition. Remember, good health requires intelligent eating and regular exercise. You can burn off extra calories.
I eat regularly and have posted on chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds.
As a person with both sweet tooth and a salty tooth, there is a wide variety of snacks that appeal to me. Of course, many of them are empty calorie ones that taste great but don’t give my body very good nutrients. That’s why tamari-roasted pepitas have become one of my favorites. Last year as I increased my calorie burn through active bicycle riding, pepitas have been a tasty and welcome snack for energy replenishment.
Pepitas are shelled pumpkin seeds. Some consider them a seasonal snack following the pumpkin carving of late fall. However, pepitas have a strong ethnic year ’round appeal also. The word itself is from Mexican Spanish. Lightly roasted, salted and unhulled pumpkin seeds are popular in Greece, too. The leading commercial producers of pumpkins include the U.S., Mexico, India and China.
They were a celebrated food of the Native American Indians who treasured them both for their dietary and medicinal properties. The cultivation of pumpkins spread throughout the world when the European explorers brought back many of the agricultural treasures of the New World.
In my experience pumpkin seeds come roasted and/or salted and remain in their hulls. The pepitas I have found are always already shelled.
As we move through carving and/or eating our pumpkin, let’s think about the seeds.
Let it be known that I am a huge fan of pumpkin seeds. My favorites are tamari roasted pumpkin seeds. I love the salted in the shell ones, too, but I don’t like how my mouth feels after eating a lot of them. Also, I don’t like eating that much salt, either.
I have posted on pumpkin seeds previously:
6 Reasons You Should Eat Pumpkin Seeds Year-Round
Are Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas) Good For You?
Nuts Offer Great Nutritional Benefits – Infographic”
I love to eat pumpkin seeds and consume them year ’round.
Here are some previous posts:
6 Reasons You Should Eat Pumpkin Seeds Year ‘Round
Pepitas (pumpkin seeds) – Awesome Healthy Snack
6 Tricks to Eat Healthier – Harvard Check them out. You may find a tasty and very healthy snack. Tony
Pumpkin seeds – great source of zinc
Zinc is very important in the first line of defence in our bodies. This first line is represented by physical barriers, such as the skin and mucous membrane linings inside the body. Zinc is found in the mucous secretions of the respiratory system and on the surfaces of lungs and throat. It has an antimicrobial effect, so helps to kill inhaled bacteria and viruses before they get chance to take hold. Zinc is also secreted in the saliva and the mucous membranes of the digestive system to kill any ingested invaders.
Our Better Health
by Jane Cronin
Do you suffer from acne, stretch marks, white spots on your nails, poor wound healing, poor immunity? Zinc may have something to do with it. Here we discuss Zinc deficiency, causes, symptoms and why zinc is important.
Zinc is an essential trace mineral and is one of the most abundant to be found in the body. It is naturally found in some foods, added to others and also available as a dietary supplement. You have approximately 2-3g with around 60% is in the muscles that support your skeleton and 30% is in the bones. So if nothing else zinc plays an important part in keeping you upright. The remaining 10% is found in the teeth, hair, nails, skin, liver, leukocytes (white blood cells), prostate, sperm and testes.
So what are some functions of Zinc in the body?
Zinc makes things happen
Zinc is used in by…
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