October is here and pumpkins are upon us. Soon we’ll be carving them up and decorating them. But this year instead of throwing away all those seeds, save them for recipes! Pumpkin seeds are rich in immune boosting vitamin E, zinc and essential fatty acids, including the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant omega-3. Zinc helps to increase the production of infection-fighting white blood cells and T cells. Time to eat more pumpkin seeds! Here are three easy ways to reap the benefits.
- Toast pumpkin seeds in the oven and sprinkle them on salads or creamy soups for an immune-boosting crunch
- Mix pumpkin seeds with dried blackcurrants, dried cranberries and other seeds and nuts for an on-the-go trail mix
- Add pumpkin seeds to breakfast cereals or mix with oats, coconut oil and maple syrup for a homemade granola