Whether you’ve just read our post about some of the excellent health benefits associated with eating pumpkin seeds and have resolved to incorporate more into your diet or simply have a large quantity that you need to use up, this post is for you. Here are three super simple ways that you can start to add a few more pumpkin seeds into your diet.
Sprinkles and toppings shouldn’t be reserved for desserts such as ice cream but can be used across all your meals to add more nutritional value, texture, and depth of flavor. Nuts and seeds are great sprinkling ingredients that compliment both sweet and savory dishes alike, so grab yourself a couple of jars and fill them with your favorite toppings. If you’re making oatmeal, a smoothie bowl, or simply grabbing a yogurt, then add a teaspoon of pumpkin seeds for a delicious crunch and sweet, nutty flavor. A sprinkling of pumpkin seeds is also a welcome addition to any salad, adding a bit of texture that can replace conventional bread-based croutons. There really is no end to where and how you choose to use your sprinkling ingredients, so experiment and have fun.
Stay satiated by snacking
Another great way to incorporate pumpkin seeds into your daily diet is to use them as a quick and convenient snack. For ease, portion out a few servings of pumpkin seeds in advance, and keep them with you at the office, in your handbag, or even in your car for easy access. Whenever you feel a hunger craving rise, simply grab your snack bag and delve in for some satisfying seeds. A one-ounce serving (28g) of pumpkin seeds provides a massive 7g of protein, as well as 1.7g of fiber and a whole host of healthy unsaturated fats, including omega-3 and omega-6, which all help to male you feel fuller for longer.
Blend them into your smoothies
Last but not least, perhaps the quickest and easiest way to eat more pumpkin seeds is, in fact, to drink them! Smoothies are a great way to consume an intense hit of nutrients in a convenient and easy-to-eat format, and they’re delicious too. The best pumpkin seeds to use in your smoothies are the raw kind, but you can use roasted ones if you have them; just be aware that some may be salted, and this can add a different flavor to your smoothie. Some great flavor combinations to try are banana and strawberry or coconut and pineapple if you prefer something a bit more tropical.
So there you have it! Three super simple ways to start adding more pumpkin seeds into your diet. Whether you drink, snack, or sprinkle your seeds, the most important thing is that you are eating them.