10 Health Benefits Of Pumpkin Seeds

pumpkin seeds

Till a few years back, the mere mention of pumpkin would only bring up images of the popular Halloween decoration and not the super healthy vegetable that it actually is. I wasn’t really the biggest fan of it either.

My husband’s grandmother, who is a wonderful cook, made me see this orange wonder from a completely different perspective. It is one of her favorite vegetable and she incorporates them in our meals in such creative ways.  One of my favorite amongst them is the Pumpkin seed chutney that she makes with the seeds and fibers left behind after the remaining vegetable is cooked. The recognition of pumpkin seeds as a super food may be a very recent one but even before that our grandmothers knew better than to toss these seeds away.

Here are 10 benefits of Pumpkin seeds

  1. Heart healthy
  2. Improves immune system
  3. Reduces risk of diabetes
  4. Controls cholesterol levels
  5. Fights ageing
  6. Maintains Prostate health
  7. Relieves Menopause symptoms
  8. Helps to get a restful sleep
  9. Makes hair healthy
  10. Rejuvenates and improves skin health

Here is a simple recipe for Pumpkin seed chutney

Pumpkin-Seeds-chutney

Ingredients

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, 1/2 cup coriander leaves, 1-2 green chillies, 1/2 tsp juice of a lime , 1/2 tsp sugar , salt to taste , water.

Grind all the ingredients to a fine paste by adding required water. Adjust salt/sugar to suit your taste. The chutney has a distinct nutty flavor and can be served with idlis or dosas or any Indian snack.

Priya Prakash

Naturally Yours

www.naturallyyours.in

Recipe & Photo Courtesy: busybutgood.com

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