Also known as “pepitas” or “little seed of squash”, pumpkin seeds pack a BIG nutritional punch, so much so that it may surprise you! For a 100-g serving of seeds, a mere 127 calories, you get protein, healthy oils, fiber, calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium - WITH ZERO GRAMS OF SUGAR! My school-age grandkids LOVE the crunch and eagerly consume them as an after school snack this time of year. (NOTE: As with all seeds and nuts, use caution with young children to prevent choking).
Pie pumpkins are plentiful in stores now, so if you don’t grow your own, pick up a few at your local fall farmers market or in your produce department. I like to roast two in my crock pop for a few hours, scoop out the seeds, rinse them under cold water in a colander, and spread them out on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, cinnamon, and a tad of brown sugar and roast in a 235 degree oven until crunchy. DELISH!
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