Go! Vegan Spotlight – PUMPKIN SEED
Probably one of the most modest of the superfoods and in general people tend not to think of them as ‘super’ in any way. After all, every October we scoop a whole load out and chuck ‘em away as waste and stick a candle inside as a replacement. No longer shall we just see pumpkin as merely decorative! This mighty seed trumps most other seeds and above all is highly accessible. With a subtle nuttiness it is easily combined into many meals and rightly so. Behold – the pumpkin seed…
Omega-3 – Plant based Omega-3 is a rare find so you should take it wherever you can find it. Luckily it’s found in droves in pumpkin seed. Microboost your life and get essential fatty acids all day.
Protein – We don’t need to spell out how important protein is, and for those who struggle to find it in their vegan lifestyle this seed is one of the best out there.
Calcium – There are way too many symptoms of a calcium deficiency, some very serious like osteoporosis, rickets and heart failure. Some are more subtle. So if you are finding yourself feeling faint, itchy or weak with your hair and nail health deteriorating, you might need to boost your calcium intake.
Magnesium – A participant in many vital functions such as pumping your heart, it also helps prevent heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure. You may not think it should be on the top of your list of worries, but modern farming methods have increasingly reduced the amount of magnesium found in out vegetables.
Zinc – Helping you sleep better, regulate moods as well as sharpen your senses of taste and smell. More importantly it promotes eye and skin health and for men it regulates key sexual functions. Zinc deficiency is associated with greater susceptibility to cold and flu, fatigue and depression.
More, More, More!
- Pumpkin Seeds have been found to increase good cholesterol and lower overall blood pressure as well as help improve insulin regulation.
- Get a restful nights’ slumber with all the tryptophan found in pumpkin seeds. Tryptophan is converted into serotonin in the body which is in turn converted into melatonin, the so-called “sleep hormone”. Eat hours before bed time.
- One study has found anti-inflammatory results in arthritic patients with no side-effects.
For maximum benefit try not to roast them above 75 degrees Celsius to preserve the healthy fats found in the seeds.
After not roasting them, feel free to experiment with the seeds in various breakfast bowls, cereal bars and trail mixes.
If you’re not much of a breakfast person then why not sprinkle them into any and every salad you get your hands on. They give a nice crunch to liven up even the most soggy of salads.