We recently added a new product to our growing vegan shop of inspirations – Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seeds, and it got me thinking about pumpkin seeds in general.

Before going vegan, I would just about tolerate pumpkin seeds if they turned up in the occasional Pret A Manager sandwich or posh salad. But I certainly didn’t keep them at home, and I never dreamed they would take centre stage in my every day diet. Today I feel very differently – I love these tiny little crispy green beauties! Let me tell you a bit more about them.

Are pumpkin seeds really that healthy?

It’s a simple answer – oh yes!! Not only are they healthy, but really versatile too. Pumpkin seeds don’t only have to be consumed “as is” but can be soaked (8 hours) or even sprouted (3 days). I’ve not tried sprouting them before, so going to give it a try this weekend.

Pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein and iron – 30g of seeds provide almost 10g of protein, making them an oustanding option for vegans.

The In’s and Out’s of pumpkin seeds

Seeds should be kept in a cool, dark place and some books even recommend keeping them in the fridge. One thing’s for sure, don’t let your seeds fester in a jar at the back of the cupboard! I find an easy way to make them a prominent part of the daily diet is to give them pride of place on your kitchen counter. Any mason jar, old or new, will do the job. I’ve recently found a great range of vegan candles which come in glass jars, and I’ve been scraping/washing them out after the candle is finished and retooling them as jars for seeds and nuts. Love a bit of recycling and reusing!

Portable pumpkin seedsI recently learned that roasted seeds go rancid far quicker than fresh raw seeds so get them as naked as you can!

The next step is to make them portable. I often talk about Portable Nooch – my all-time favourite vegan nutrition on the go. But Nooch is not the only portable sprinkle you’ll find in my bag. I regularly leave the house with little pots of pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and sometimes even gomasio (sesame seeds mixed with sea salt). I’ve turned many a bleak meal at restaurants with limited vegan options, into something tasty, crunchy and bursting with good health. Make it portable!

Pumpkin seeds products

Pumpkin SeedsIn addition to the amazing Landgarten seeds we’ve recently sourced and are selling in our online shop, there are some pretty cool pumpkin seed products out there. I’m constantly on the look-out for new products using pumpkin seeds too.

One of my new pumpkin seed “crushes” is a Pumpkin Seed Butter from Carley’s. If you can see past the colour…which is a pretty interesting greeny-brown, the taste has a fantastic savoury richness. It tastes lovely on a slice of toast, or why not try a Pumpkin Seed Butter & Jam (PS&J) sandwich!

Something I’ve been drooling over but have yet to try is the Inca Berry & Pumpkin Seed Coconut flapjack. I missed flapjacks after going vegan (even though my waistline said yay) and I’m hoping these provide a great healthy alternative.

Pumpkin seeds meal suggestion

My favourite way to eat pumpkin seeds is sprinkling them onto a healthy wrap.

Ingredients:

  • Chia seed wrap (but really, any type will do!)
  • Red pepper hummus
  • Mixed salad leaves, washed
  • Smoked tofu, sliced
  • Vegan cheese (Gary!), sliced
  • Sprinkles – a liberal amount of pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and nutritional yeast
Pumpkin Seeds

Another tasty snack with pumpkin seeds is to simply mix with fresh sliced avocado, lemon juice and both pumpkin and chia seeds. Delish and crazily healthy!

Pumpkin Seeds

Whether you’re vegan or not, why not give pumpkin seeds a try or incorporate them more into your daily meals for easy, tasty nutrition.

Instead of buying why not try making your own at home too? It’s the perfect season for it…

Simplifying Happy (Seed) Choices

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About Michelle

Michelle grew up in a culture where it was normal to eat meat at every meal. Watching close family suffer multiple health problems drove her to learn more about eating for health. After watching Food Inc Michelle took the plunge into veganism and hasn’t looked back since. She is now on a mission to bring vegan inspiration to everyone!

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