Before throwing out your jack-o'-lantern's guts, use the pumpkin seeds to make a healthy snack. High in plant sterols and phytochemicals, pumpkin seeds aid in lowering cholesterol and also promote good prostate health. On top of that, they're also a good source of protein and fiber, making them a great snack if you're trying to lose weight.

While a basic recipe is a nice treat, get creative by adding metabolism-boosting spices to your recipe. While cinnamon and a little brown sugar make for a tasty treat, throw in a pinch of cayenne for a creative twist and extra heat!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients

  1. 2 cups pumpkin seeds that have been rinsed and dried
  2. 1/2 tablespoon olive oil or melted coconut oil
  3. 2 teaspoons spice mixture
  4. Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss pumpkin seeds with oil, salt, and seasoning.
  3. Spread pumpkin seeds evenly onto a baking sheet in 1 layer.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the seeds are crisp, shaking the pan every few minutes while roasting.
  5. Remove from the oven and, if desired, add more spices.
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