National Pumpkin Seed Day is celebrated on the first Wednesday in October; it's a day to celebrate the delicious and nutritious pumpkin seed. And if I am not enjoying them in Abigail's Oven Country Seed Loaf, then I want them roasted as Mexican pepitas.
Nutritional Value of Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds have been valued for their dietary and medicinal properties for thousands of years. They are a good source of protein, iron, zinc, and magnesium. They also contain a plentiful helping of minerals with over 40% of the RDI of magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese.
To observe National Pumpkin Seed Day, try incorporating pumpkin seeds into your daily diet with a loaf of our Country Seed Loaf, which not only sports pumpkin seeds, but flax and sunflower seeds. While all three of these seeds are packed with nutrition, a long 8 hour ferment increases the bioavailability of the goodness in these seeds.
Pumpkin Seeds on Their Own
eaten on their own, or added to other dishes. They are especially delicious when dry roasted or added to salads, oatmeal, and even ice cream.
They can also be mixed into baked goods like our REAL™ Sourdough bread for added crunch or to granola and bars for extra protein. You can also snack on them on their own or add them to yogurt or trail mix.
Ideas for How to Celebrate National Pumpkin Seed Day:
- Eat a handful of pumpkin seeds as a snack.
- Add pumpkin seeds to your oatmeal, yogurt, or cereal.
- Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on your salad or soup.
- Roast pumpkin seeds in the oven with your favorite spices.
- Bake pumpkin seeds into muffins, cookies, or bread.
- Make a pumpkin seed pesto or hummus.