I happened to see that today was National Pumpkin Seed Day. My first thought was most of these National Days are a little silly. However, the idea of getting something declared as a National Day is to draw attention to it. I can honestly say I have never eaten pumpkin seeds. After carving the jack o' lantern or getting enough pumpkin for the pie you just threw the rest in the garbage. Maybe you should consider eating the pumpkin seeds!

Pumpkin seeds have been valued for their nutritional and medicinal properties for thousand of years. They have been traced back to 7000 BC, when archeologists found them in a tomb in Mexico. It turns out pumpkin seeds are one of the most nutritious plant based foods. Just 1 ounce of pumpkin seeds provides 8.5 grams of protein. For comparison that is 2.5 times more protein than an ounce of a hard boiled egg. In addition pumpkin seeds are high in minerals like magnesium, phosphorus and manganese.

I guess next time I am at the grocery or convenience store getting gas I will have to check and see if pumpkin seeds are available. I read that they can be good when they are roasted and salted. Maybe they can be a snack that tastes good and is nutritious!

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