Don’t throw away your pumpkin seeds this year. Instead go green, and recycle them into a healthy Halloween treat. Pepitas or pumpkin seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients—especially cancer fighting phytochemicals. They’re high in protein, magnesium (increases energy), and zinc (boosts immunity).
1 ½ cups pepitas (raw hulled green pumpkin seeds
¼ tsp. cayenne
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
3 to 4 T freshly squeezed lime juice
1. After carving your pumpkin, rinse the seeds in a colander using cold water, as the cold water helps get rid of the fibers from the pumpkin. Boil them in water (2 cups for every 1/2 cup of seeds) and 1/2 tablespoon of salt for 10 minutes.
2. Mix lime juice, pepper, cayenne and salt and stir until dissolved. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add pepita seeds and toss frequently until seeds begin to turn light golden and expand. Add seasoned lime juice all at once and stir well to coat all seeds. Remove from heat and cool in the pan.Serve at room temperature.
*They’re also great in salads or soups for a crunchy texture.
Yields: 6 servings. Serving size: ¼ cup. Nutritional Content: 186 Calories, 15.82g fat, 8.5g protein, 6.15g, 1.35g fiber