Pumpkin Seeds Aren't Just for Halloween

I’m a snack person. I find the days I plan and eat a snack midway between meals I eat healthy all day long and I keep my energy levels consistent. The key is not getting carried away, it’s a snack, not a meal.

Planning and making snacks on top of 3 meals a day can also be daunting. So some of my favorites are munchies that can be used as both snack and as part of the meal, just like Spiced Pepitas!

Pepitas and pumpkin seeds are the same thing but if you want to get technical then pepitas translate, from Spanish, as squash seed and come from specific varieties of pumpkins. These crunchy morsels contain plant-based Omega-3 fats as well as protein, fiber, potassium, iron, and zinc. Giving your body the perfect energy and health boost it needs on the go.    

I’ll make a batch of spiced pepitas when I’m doing my meal prep for the week. I’ll eat them on a salad instead of croutons and then the following day I’ll take them in a little container and eat them as an afternoon snack.

Spiced Pepitas

Serving size: 1

½ cup raw pepitas (I always find these at Trader Joe’s)
1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
½ tsp dried cilantro
½ tsp cumin
Pinch of cayenne
¼ sea salt
1 tsp honey

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. On a baking sheet toss pepitas and olive oil until evenly coated. Bake for 12-15 minutes stirring at least once for consistent color and toasting. Remove from oven and immediately toss with remaining ingredients. Let cool for about 10 minutes, stirring a few times so they don’t all stick together.

Spiced Pepita Salad

Diced apple or pear (or both if you’re feeling fancy)
Shelled edamame
Thinly sliced red onion
Spiced pepitas
Juice of ½ lemon
Splash of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

I haven’t listed quantities because this salad is perfect for making it to your liking. If you aren’t a red onion fan go light, if you love them add more. Simply toss all your ingredients minus pepitas in a bowl, splash with olive oil and lemon juice and toss again. Then top with pepitas and enjoy. I’ve also added a small portion of diced avocado and grilled steak to this to make it a heartier meal with success so feel free to get creative.

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