"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art." - La Rochefoucauld

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Healthy Halloween Treat: Pumpkin Seeds

I had no idea that pumpkin seeds were such a healthy snack. This year I decided to take this traditional holiday snack one step further, by germinating the seeds. This was very simple, but did take some time. My thought is, it is time well spent. Plus we have been enjoying this healthy treat all week! :)

Here is the recipe and some info.:

"If you eat substantial quantities of raw pecans, walnuts, Brazil nuts, filberts or others, you have a choice of swallowing enzymes capsules with them to neutralize their enzyme inhibitors or first germinating the nuts and letting nature do the job through increased enzyme activity resulting from germination..." Sally Fallon

4 cups of raw, hulled pumpkin seeds
2 T. unrefined sea salt
1 t. cayenne pepper (optional)
filtered water

Dissolve salt in water and add seeds and cayenne. Leave in a warm place for 7 hours or overnight. Drain in a colander and spread on a stainless steel baking pan. Place in warm oven (no more then 150 degrees) for about 12 hours or overnight. Turn occasionally, until thoroughly dry and crisp. Store in an air tight container.

*My oven only went down to 170 degrees and that still worked well. I cooked them for 12 hours.


Amy said...

My seeds are germinating right now :) Thanks for the great tip! Your blog is BEAUTIFUL!! I love it!

Christina said...

I'll have to try this next year! VERY excited about your blog -- you're a wealth of information for so many mommies out there, so thanks in advance for sharing with us as you learn! And of course I love my header photo of Lana :) xo

Learning As I Go Blog said...

C, I just love the pictures you took of Lana...as you can tell, I use them all the time! :) XO