Don't throw those pumpkin seeds out. Toast them and eat the healthy benefits!

By Jennipher Walters
Updated: October 25, 2012

Halloween parties will be in full swing this weekend. But instead of trying to dodge the big bowl of Halloween candy, why not make some toasted pumpkin seeds and nosh on them instead? Read on for five reasons why you should eat some toasted pumpkin seeds this Halloween!

5 Health Benefits of Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

1. They're full of magnesium. Just half a cup of toasted pumpkin seeds has 92 percent of your daily value of magnesium, which most people have trouble getting enough of. Magnesium helps to relax nerves and muscles, strengthen bones and help with circulation.

2. They fill you up. With protein and fiber, toasted pumpkin seeds are a snack that truly satisfies. And unlike the Halloween candy, it won't leave you with a sugar crash!

3. You can top them with healthy spices. There are so many ways to toast pumpkin seeds. Whether it's with a little parmesan, garlic or chili powder, you can make toasted pumpkin speeds even healthier by topping them with antioxidant-rich spices and herbs!

4. They can help lower cholesterol. Toasted pumpkin seeds are full of phytosterol, which are compounds that help reduce LDL cholesterol levels, enhance the immune response and decrease risk of the certain cancers. 5. They might give your mood a boost. Toasted pumpkin seeds contain L-tryptophan, a compound which improves mood naturally and may even be effective against depression. So, when you go to make that Jack-o-lantern this weekend, don't throw those pumpkin seeds out. Toast them and eat the healthy benefits!

Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.

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Comments (1)

Anonymous
March 20, 2017
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