Cheesey Vegan Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds

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I love pumpkin seeds.  I love them so much.  I put them on just about everything I eat.  I decided to try sprucing them up a bit and soaked them to sprout then added nutritional yeast and spices to make them even tastier.  Before I give you all the super simple and tastey recipe I want to tell you some nutritional facts about pumpkin seeds that should hopefully make you all want to run out and buy some and maybe start putting them on everything that you eat, too.

Did you know that pumpkin seeds are full of magnesium?  Magnesium helps the body in a wide range of ways including the pumping of your heart, proper bone and tooth function and lowered blood pressure.

Pumpkin seeds are also a huge source of zinc which helps the body’s immunity, cell growth and division, proper sleep, mood, skin and eye health and insulin regulation.

Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fibers that may benefit ones heart and liver functioning.

The oil in pumpkin seeds has a major anti-inflammatory effect on the body.  An anti-inflammatory diet has been shown to reduce ones risk of a myriad of health issues.

There are many more, but I need to go eat some pumpkin seeds.

These soaked and spiced nuts are so delicious, I can’t even express it!  I’ve started taking a container of them with me to work to snack on instead of the pricey trail mix I have been subsisting on during the work day.  Below is the magic recipe.

You will need:

2 cups pumpkin seeds, soaked in water at least four hours

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1 tsp. cumin, or another kind of spice you feel inclined to add

1 tsp. salt

To make:

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1.  Take soaked pumpkin seeds and strain.  Add them to a bowl with all other ingredients.  Stir well.

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2.  Spread out evenly on a dehydrator sheet and dehydrate at 150 degrees for 12 hours.  If you do not have a dehydrator, you may spread them out on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven on the lowest setting with the door open until dry and crunchy.

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3.  Eat and enjoy.

Super Cleansing Liver Drink

This is a super simple, tasty drink that is really good for you.

Hot lemon juice water every morning is a really great way to keep your liver healthy. Lemon juice aids your liver in flushing out unwanted toxins which may be in the process of absorbing into your body.

And chia seeds? Let me go on: Adding chia seeds before and after your work out is better than carbohydrates or energy drinks to enhance athletic performances for endurance events. Research has also demonstrated that the beneficial effects of omega-3, as found in chia, has helped those suffering with mood disorders. A meta-analysis of trials involving patients with major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder provided evidence that omega-3 in chia reduces symptoms of depression. Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to increase brain function and decrease depression. So, incorporating chia into your diet on a regular basis helps not just your physical health but also your mental health.
Adding just two tablespoons of chia seeds to your daily diet will give you approximately seven grams of fiber, four grams of protein, 205 milligrams of calcium, and a whopping five grams of omega-3. Chia has both soluble and insoluble fiber, which is a great benefit. That’s why the seeds expand in liquids without losing any of the fiber content. If you consume four tablespoons per day of chia, you get 14 grams of fiber. By comparison, one packet of oatmeal has only four grams of fiber.
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I like the way this drink tastes, but you can experiment with different herbs or teas added to your drink as you go. I also like to put this in a mason jar with a lid on it so I can carry it around with me and drink it throughout the day, as the chia seeds expand more and more in the water. Try it for a few days and tell me you don’t feel like a million bucks!
You will need:
2 Tbs. chia seeds
juice of one half lemon
1 to 2 tsp. shredded ginger
raw honey to taste
boiling water to fill mug or jar
To make:
Put all ingredients in a mug or jar. Pour hot water over. Wait until desired temperature. Drink.
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Any other ideas for this drink that you like to experiment with? Let me know in the comments below.