Pumpkin spice lattes might be all the rage this season along with the freshly stocked grocery shelves with pumpkin everything, but have you tried pumpkin seeds?
These small seeds are definitely something to talk about. They are packed with nutrients and are an easy addition to any meal, or even better as a snack! You can roast your own after carving up a pumpkin or purchase from almost any grocery store. Pumpkin seeds are a great low cost item that will have a big impact on your diet.
The seeds are filled with magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, protein, antioxidants, and healthy oils that will especially benefit your bones and heart health. As we age, it's important to eat food that will benefit our bone health to lower the risk of osteoporosis. Magnesium, which is present in pumpkin seeds, will increase bone density. This nutrient is especially important for females, who can suffer from osteoporosis at early ages than men and after menopause.
Antioxidants help fight off free radicals and cancer causing cells in your body, so the more antioxidants the merrier! Consuming pumpkin seeds can also reduce the risk of diabetes by stabilizing blood sugar levels and insulin production. Not only that, but the omega 3 oils and fatty acids in pumpkin seeds are beneficial for your liver, gut, and heart health. Packed with fiber, these seeds will help you feel fuller for longer and are a great low carb option as a topping or snack. You can even help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol just by eating these seeds in moderation.
Surprisingly, pumpkin seeds contain small amounts of tryptophan. That's right, it's not just the turkey at thanksgiving that makes you sleepy and relaxed. If you have trouble falling asleep, eating some pumpkin seeds combined with a carb will help your body naturally produce melatonin to make you fall asleep faster. You can snack on some pumpkin seeds after a CYL sweat sesh and you'll totally feel the ultimate relaxation and sleep soundly throughout the night.
Almost any dish you eat throughout the day can benefit from a little bit of pumpkin seeds. Change your life by making positive food choices that impact how you feel and function. Fuel your body with goodness and sweat out the toxins to live a hot and healthy life.