Posts Tagged ‘seeds’

Pumpkin seeds are good for you

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

pumpkin-carving2Carving pumpkins is fun and eating their seeds is good for you. Hoisting a hefty pumpkin will not only help your muscles, but did you know that eating a serving of seeds will give you 5 grams of protein? They also are yummy sources of zinc, manganese, phosphorus, iron, and potassium, too.

An excellent way to enjoy this healthy snack is to let the seeds air dry by themselves or roast them. When you’re done carving the pumpkin for the kiddos, separate the seeds from any extra pulp and dry them off. If you want to roast them, coat them with a dot of olive oil if you like it, you don’t need much at all, and perhaps a pinch of sea salt. Spread them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and roast them at about 250 degrees F for about an hour, turning every 15 to 20 minutes.  Be sure they have cooled off before you dive in!

These are great as snacks, on salads, ground up in muffins or bread crumb mixes. What do you do with your pumpkin seeds?

For more information on the benefits of pumpkin seeds and a different roasting technique, here’s a link to an interesting article.

Raw meat makes my skin crawl

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Shortly after I found out I was pregnant my appetite started to change. It has definitely improved, but there are still certain things that gross me out! Most notably beef, chicken and fish. I have no desire to prepare these foods. The idea of touching them raw makes my skin crawl. I’ve tried gloves and I ask my husband for help, but still. Yuck. I don’t even want to look at them in the grocery store. Do you know what I mean? Is there anything you just can’t stand the sight of?

I told my midwife about this aversion and she asked where I was getting my protein from. Good question. She rummaged through her filing cabinet and pulled out a fact sheet on healthy, high-protein snacks. She raved about beans, peas, nuts and seeds not only as good sources of protein, but as foods unlikely to activate my gag reflex. She was right.

Here are some of the snacks from the handout she gave me.

Unsalted/raw peanuts, almonds or cashews

Peanut butter w/ apple slices

Sunflower seeds

Hard boiled egg

Hummus with whole wheat pita or crackers

Black bean or lentil soup

Whole grain bread or cereal

Plain yogurt with granola

Low fat milk or cheese

Tuna fish