Wishing You a Healthy Halloween

October 30, 2008

Carving pumpkins this Halloween? Don’t toss the insides–put them to good use, and add a super nutritious boost to your diet. When I learned what was in a quarter-cup of pumpkin seeds–19 grams of protein, anti-anflammatory agents, almost half your daily value of metabolism-boosting magnesium, and a whole bunch of B vitamins–that stringy, sticky pumpkin pulp took on a whole new appeal. Once you roast them up, there couldn’t be a more satisfying straight-from-nature snack: rinse off the seeds, dry over night on a cookie sheet, toss in olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and bake for an hour at 250 degrees. Add to cereal, yogurt, scrambled eggs, salads, and trail mixes for lots of tasty autumn treats.