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the benefits of pumpkin seeds

6th July 2016 by Jess

Enhance the health credentials of your breakfast, salad or soup with a sprinkle of our super pumpkin seeds. A good source of fibre, rich in multiple vitamins and minerals as well as 9g of protein in a 30g serving, these green seeds are bound to boost your routine.

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Did you know that pumpkins belong to the gourd family just like cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumber, and squash? They’re also native to the Americas, and found across North America, South America, and Central America.

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benefits of pumpkin seeds:

You can buy pumpkin seeds in many different forms - raw, roasted, shelled, or and unshelled.

Raw unshelled pumpkin seeds are especially high in zinc, which is required for umpteen bodily functions including healthy brain function, fertility and DNA replication, so it’s a very critical nutrient indeed.

These seeds are also abundant in manganese (needed for energy and to protect our cells from stress), phosphorus (for healthy bones and teeth), magnesium (for healthy electrolyte balance and a sound working nervous system), and copper (for a healthy immune system and healthy looking hair and skin).

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Jess's 5 favourite ways to use pumpkin seeds:

  • Slow roasted on a low heat with tamari sprinkled on top
  • Sprinkled into a summer salad
  • Chopped and added into your muffin or granola recipe for extra crunch
  • Added into a homemade granola or bircher muesli
  • Sprinkled on top of avocado toast
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By Jess, graze nutritionist.

Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to Jess's blog at jessipes.co.uk for even more.

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