While researching the health benefits of pumpkins today, I learned a fun little tidbit. I already knew that they were a really great source of beta-carotene. I also knew that they were great for an anti-inflammatory diet. What I did not know was that pumpkin seeds are packed with the mineral zinc! They are awesome for fighting cold and flu viruses. I think that is wonderful news. A delicious and nutritious way to stay healthy is always a plus.
I love to make Spicy Pumpkin Seeds in the fall. The spices I use add to the anti-inflammatory benefit so all the way around, they are plain ole good for ya :) Enjoy!
Spicy Pumpkin Seeds
2 cups pumpkin seeds, rinsed and patted dry
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon sea salt (or salt to taste)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until evenly coated. Spread single layer on the cookie sheet. Bake for 25-35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Cool and store in an airtight container.