Did you know that eating raw organic pumpkin seeds daily can improve the health of your prostate gland? Yes, because pumpkin seeds are high in the mineral zinc, necessary for prostrate health. Ideally, purchase the raw refrigerated organic seeds from your health food store, and keep them refrigerated or frozen until use. Eat them raw, out of hand, for a snack. Or make Savory Pepitas, an easy to make snack that you can take to work in a small baggie, travelling, or to have on hand at the table to sprinkle over salads, casseroles, or whole grains like brown rice or quinoa. As you can see in the recipe below, you may use the quick method, although it is slightly less nutritious, or the soaking method, which maintains the essential fat nutrients, so necessary for healing the immune system. For more nutrient dense snacks, purchase Eat Away Illness and Cook Your Way to Health available at http://www.healingwithnutrition.ca.
Savory Pepitas from Cook Your Way To Health.
2 cups raw hulled pumpkin seeds, preferably organic
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
¼ tsp each onion powder, garlic powder
½ tsp each ground cumin, marjoram
1 tbsp Braggs vegetable seasoning
1 tbsp olive oil
1. Place the pumpkin seeds in an even layer in a large, shallow
roasting pan. Bake at 375° F, shaking the pan occasionally. The
seeds will begin to pop after 5 minutes. Continue baking until
the popping slows down, about 10 to 12 minutes. Do not brown
2. While the seeds are baking, combine the cayenne, onion powder,
garlic powder, cumin, marjoram, vegetable seasoning and oil in a
small bowl. Drizzle the spice mixture over the seeds as soon as
they are removed from oven. Toss until evenly coated. Let cool
completely before transferring to a tightly covered glass jar.
Soak seeds in 1 quart pure water with
1 tbsp. sea salt in a warm place 8 hours or overnight. Drain and place on
cookie sheet in 150° F oven and slowly dry overnight or 12 hours or until dry and
crisp. You may use a dehydrator. Pour the above sauce over the warm seeds, stir to combine and store in a glass jar.
Note: Salt in the soaking water activates enzymes that neutralize enzyme inhibitors, plus the soaking starts the
sprouting process, increasing the nutrition. The seeds are now easier to digest.
Makes 3 cups
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