When living a highly active and on the go lifestyle, there’s always a need for a snack. Even if you’re not the active type, you’ll still have these moments, I’m sure of it!
There’s a great difference in purchasing nuts and seeds from your local health food store compared to making them at home.
This may be new information for many, or you may already be, “In the know.”
Why should you be making your own seeds from home versus shoving your mouth with ready to go bulk seeds that are pre-packed and ready to eat?
Buying from bulk bins and prepackaged seeds have their potential hygiene issues like collected dust & dirt in silos, along with residues on the surface areas of the nuts and seeds themselves. Dirty seeds are just not pleasurable to eat ya know?
My college days were greatly accompanied by nuts, seeds, & trail mix with a side of bloating, gas, and constipation. Sorry if this is TMI, but it’s the solid truth, and I’m here to share my experiences with you and spread the word!
Hours of studying were accompanied with bags of cashews and trail mix from the bulk sections in my local health food store. Ohhhh did I love it! And later hated it by the way my digestion slowed and bloating increased….
Today, I still love to enjoy these foods, but there are certain things to be done first before eating them. In this article, I’ve stated why soaking your nuts and seeds is crucial.
Pumpkin and sunflower seeds provide the body with great amounts of nutrition aside from being a quality source of fat and protein.
Why pumpkin seeds?
Pumpkin seeds are an incredible source of vitamin E! As Americans, we need this more than anything. Well not more than anything, but we definitely need it. Why?
Vitamin E serves the body as an anti-inflammatory and a cardiovascular support. As a nation, heart disease is at its highest! We can blame this on the quality of the food, preparation of food, and extreme lack of education.
I’ll take this as an opportunity to reinforce throwing out all processed oils from your diet, while at the same time advocating raw pumpkin seeds as an excellent snack to fuel yourself 🙂
While antioxidant nutrients are found in most WHFoods, it’s the diversity of antioxidants in pumpkin seeds that makes them unique in their antioxidant support. Pumpkin seeds contain conventional antioxidant vitamins like vitamin E. However, not only do they contain vitamin E, but they contain it in a wide variety of forms. Alpha-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol, delta-tocopherol, alpha-tocomonoenol and gamma-tocomonoenol are all forms of vitamin E found in pumpkin seeds. These last two forms have only recently been discovered, and they are a topic of special interest in vitamin E research, since their bioavailability might be greater than some of the other vitamin E forms. Pumpkin seeds also contain conventional mineral antioxidants like zinc and manganese. Phenolic antioxidants are found in pumpkin seeds in a wide variety of forms, including the phenolic acids hydroxybenzoic, caffeic, coumaric, ferulic, sinapic, protocatechuic, vanillic, and syringic acid. Antioxidant phytonutrients like lignans are also found in pumpkin seeds, including the lignans pinoresinol, medioresinol, and lariciresinol.
Interestingly, this diverse mixture of antioxidants in pumpkin seeds may provide them with antioxidant-related properties that are not widely found in food. For example, the pro-oxidant enzyme lipoxygenase (LOX) is known to be inhibited by pumpkin seed extracts, but not due to the presence of any single family of antioxidant nutrients (for example, the phenolic acids described earlier). Instead, the unique diversity of antioxidants in pumpkin seeds is most likely responsible for this effect.
Just like Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds are a very rich source of Vitamin E, and have a high antioxidant load. With their great amino acid profile, greatly featuring Tryptophan, sunflower seeds are a great source of Vitamin B! Amino acid tryptophan is the foundational building block for Vitamin B. So many vegetarians and vegans are severely deficient in B vitamins. So, if you are entirely plant based and don’t get B Vitamins in your daily diet, this is one that can be easily obtained within your dietary intake 🙂
For those of us that desire glowing skin and beautiful hair, sunflower seeds should definitely become a part of your beauty regimen! With their great source of copper, sunflower seeds allow the body to generate melanin, which is what give our skin and hair its pigment. Having this pigmentation protects the skin from ultraviolet light radiation, preventing tissue damage from this type of exposure!
Lets get to making your own batch of delicious mineral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, protein, fat, and fiber nutritional support that’s all food based!
1 cup Pumpkin Seeds
1 cup Sunflower seeds
1 Tsp Pink Salt
1 Whole Lime
4 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
1 Tsp Ground Garlic
Juice from 1 whole lime
1/2 Tsp Fine Black Pepper (optional)
Soak sunflower and pumpkin seeds in purified water for at least 2 hours to over night.
When done soaking, rinse and drain thoroughly to where the water is draining clear from the seeds. No body likes to eat dirty snacks 🙂
Lay seeds on your flat dehydrator tray and set your temperature to 125º. Allow your seeds to dehydrate for a full 24 hours. Dehydrating your seeds for this length of time ensures a perfect crush is if they were roasted 🙂 It also ensures there’s no potential for mold to grow in the seeds by holding any moisture.
When your seeds are done dehydrating, store them in glass jars and a tight seal. They’ll store for a long time, yet probably won’t be able to stay away from your mouth! They’re just that good!
I love to have these available for outdoor adventures, days by the pool, the beach, or on the water. If you’re a land adventurer, then of course these will still meet your needs!
During days of high activity, these little power seeds can really make a world of difference in energy sustainability!