There is something special about roasted pumpkin seeds that’s nostalgic and satisfying and the flavour is fun to mix with bold fall spices. Pumpkin seeds are on of those amazing fall and winter foods you probably don’t eat enough of, and you should be because of an array of health benefits that comes with it. Simply roasting them with a little oil, salt and spice is all you need for a delicious gourmet snack. You can also use this recipe when baking an acorn or butternut squash.
Introducing Spicy Curried Pumpkin Seeds!
2 cups pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon curry powder
2 teaspoon Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or Nama Shoyu
Preheat over to 350′. Rub oil into a cookie sheet. Cover with seeds. Sprinkle on remaining ingredients. Stir gently. Spread evenly on the cookie sheet. Bake 20 minutes. Remove and stir. If they are dry, you can add another teaspoon of oil. Return to roast another 20 minutes. Remove. Allow to cool. Put in a favourite dish on the kitchen table or add as a garnish to your meals.
Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds:
1. Improve Your Sleep. High in protein, minerals, b-complex vitamins and amino acids like trypophan (which means you’ll sleep better)
2. Great for Ovarian and Prostate Health. Research studies suggest that pumpkin seeds have DHEA (Di hydro epi-androstenedione) blocking actions. This may be helpful in preventing prostate and ovarian cancers.
3. Great Source of Vitamins. High in Vitamin E, fiber and antioxidants.
Health Benefits of Curry:
Turmeric, the primary ingredient in curry, is responsible for many of the dish’s health benefits. The most prolific may be its effect on those who suffer from arthritis or otherwise sore and inflamed joints. Turmeric may reduce swelling and ease the pain associated with inflammation of the joints. This claim has been tested conclusively on rats.
2. May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Another benefit of the turmeric in curry is a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. This is because of curcumin within the turmeric; curcumin can identify plaques in the brain called amyloid plaques. In excess, amyloid plaques can interfere with the brain’s wiring and cause memory to degrade over time. If you ingest enough curcumin on a regular basis, the curcumin will bind to the plaque and keep it from reproducing.
3. May Reduce Risk of CancerTurmeric has been found to reduce the risk of developing prostate, breast, skin and colorectal cancer, possibly because of its antioxidant properties. It may also at least reduce the speed at which these cancers progress. However, ingesting curry alone will not erase your risk for cancer.
4. Boosts ImmunityOther ingredients in curry, such as chili pepper and even curcumin, are beneficial in boosting your body’s immunity and healing properties. This is because they’re rich in vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin B6, and they boost the infection-fighting cells.
5. Eases DigestionIngredients in curry such as asafoetida, allspice, anise, cardamom and black pepper may be helpful in easing digestion problems. Indigestion, constipation, loss of appetite, stomach aches and even hemorrhoids may improve after ingesting the dish on a regular basis.
6. Helps Burn FatWhile a diet of only curry won’t keep the pounds off on its own, it’s actually a well-balanced way to get a variety of vegetables and proteins that may help you burn fat cells. Black pepper is the dish’s ingredient that’s best able to break down fat cells.
7. May Help Manage AsthmaA number of ingredients in this dish are purported to help ease the frequency of an asthma sufferer’s symptoms. Asafoetida and curcumin alike can help regulate symptoms of mild asthma.
8. Improves AppearanceMany ingredients in the dish, such as turmeric and cinnamon, are rich in antioxidants, which can help improve the appearance of your skin and help prevent the negative cosmetic effects of long-term exposure to pollutants or smoke. The curcumin can also improve the appearance of your hair and nails by providing necessary proteins.