This Primary Gratisfied Ingredient Packs a Nutritional Punch

Pumpkin seeds (also called Pepitas) are a good source of magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, antioxidants, and healthy fats. Studies have shown that pumpkin seeds promote heart health and help to fight inflammation. They just so happen to be one of the major ingredients in our Empower Bars, ground with some other superfoods to create our Gratisfied grain-free blend! Keep reading to learn all about their benefits, as well as some other ways to incorporate them into healthy meals and snacks. 

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Pumpkin Seeds...

  • Contain antioxidants, like carotenoids and vitamin E, which can reduce inflammation and protect your cells from harmful free radicals.

  • Are one of the best natural sources of magnesium, a mineral that is often lacking in our diets and beneficial for stabilizing blood pressure, reducing heart disease, regulating blood sugar levels, better sleep, and even forming and maintaining healthy bones.

  • Are high in fiber, which also helpful for reducing heart disease, managing diabetes, and obesity

  • Are rich in zinc, which promotes a good night's sleep by converting the natural amino acid tryptophan to serotonin and in turn to melatonin.  

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Mix things up a little by using pumpkin seeds rather than tahini in this pumpkin seed hummus. It's perfect for those summer veggies or as a spread on grain free flatbread. Try this recipe from Tastefulventure for a fun spin on a traditional spread!

Guacamole is almost synonymous with summertime, so try adding some pumpkin seeds next time to pack in more nutrition and add a little extra crunch.  Check out this recipe from UpRoot Kitchen.

Pesto, yes please! Pumpkin seeds are a great substitute for pine nuts in your summer pesto. And why not try using other herbs like mint and parsley or even some leafy greens like arugula to shake things up. Cocoon Cooks has this recipe that even makes it vegan!

Sara McGlothlin