Edible Seeds

Nuts are a healthy alternative to chips and crackers when it comes to snacking, but have you tried seeds? I know, I know… Seeds are for birds, but they’re also lower in fat when compared to nuts, full of flavor and packed with nutritional goodness! With pumpkin carving season here, be sure to save the seeds, roast them and enjoy!

Pumpkin Seeds

Eat ’em: Pumpkin seeds are high in protein, iron, and zinc, and they’re one of the best sources of magnesium, a mineral that helps stabilize blood pressure, build bone strength, and even reduce stress. A French study found that men with the highest levels of magnesium in their blood have a 40 percent lower risk of early death than those with the lowest levels.

Use ’em: Pumpkin seeds are healthy for men for one other reason: They’re high in phytosterols, plant-based chemicals that help alleviate symptoms associated with having an enlarged prostate, such as urinary difficulties. Toast your own pumpkin seeds or eat them raw, or grind them into a meal that you can add to breads, pancakes, or other baked goods.

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