There’s a reason why I add pumpkin seeds to my smoothie every morning. Also known as pepitas, this superfood seed is high in protein and zinc, is naturally anti-inflammatory, and has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine as a natural parasite killer.
The lignans in pumpkin seeds are thought to be the active phytonutrient that is responsible for its antimicrobial benefits. Zinc is important for a strong and healthy immune system and is a essential mineral in the wound healing process.
Sprinkle pumpkin seeds generously on top of salads, oatmeal, and smoothies or include them in your favorite trail mix! Pepitas are an easy way to add nutrient density and important minerals to your diet and are generally tolerated well by most except for those with lectin sensitivities. Anyone else roasting pumpkin seeds after pumpkin carving?