Before you throw away the guts of this year’s Jack-O-Lantern, save the seeds! Roasted pumpkin seeds make a great healthy snack packed with zinc, magnesium, and vitamins (A, D, E, K). A healthy dose of zinc helps to prevent Osteoporosis. Pumpkin seeds also contain L-tryptophan to promote relaxation and have anti-inflammatory properties. Which is especially good when your wrist gets sore from all that carving! So quick and easy, when roasted they are great for a movie snack, party munchies, or a tailgate treat. Get creative with seasonings like cayenne pepper, paprika, rosemary, thyme, cinnamon, or just a light dusting of salt and pepper.
Check out these two variations on the pumpkin seed roasting.
And don’t forget to send us your favorite tailgating snacks for our Super Bowl Recipe Book! Hope this season’s pumpkin seeds inspire some other snacks!