It's the time of year when people everywhere are celebrating the season by carving pumpkins. But as you carve your spooky masterpiece, don't discard the pumpkin seeds!
Toasted pumpkin seeds are a delicious and healthful snack. One ounce of pumpkin seeds provides 5 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of fat (1 gram saturated, 4 grams unsaturated). To toast your pumpkin seeds, first rinse them to remove pulp and strings. Spread seeds on a baking sheet that has been coated with non-stick cooking spray or sprinkle seeds with a small amount of olive oil. Bake at 325° Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes or until lightly toasted. Stir occasionally during cooking. Take a look at your spice rack and try a seasoning on your toasted seeds like garlic power or Cajun seasoning.
For more information on how to lead a healthier lifestyle, consult a registered dietitian!