11 Ways To Use Squash Seeds
*Thanks to reader Surela for this post today!
Pumpkins have always given us the image of a Halloween lantern or a yummy pumpkin dessert. Who would have thought this fruit had so many varieties and the most beneficial part of it are the seeds! Yes, those tiny little seeds, which are normally thrown away, have a slew of health benefits! These edible kernels are high in nutrients and have great medicinal values.
A few of the easiest ways to benefit from all that squash has to offer is to begin by adding it into your diet. You can learn how to Dry Squash Seeds and Pumpkin Seeds here.
- It can be a healthy snack: do you ever have the urge to snack at an odd hour of four in the afternoon? Roasted squash seeds are tasty, healthy, nutritious, and light. They can also be safely stored for weeks.
- It can be included in cooking: add a distinct taste to seasonings or simply use them as a dressing! Better yet, they can add a crunchy taste to a plain muffin. The acidic nature of squash seeds lends them to a perfect pairing with all meat, poultry, and veggies as they add great flavor. Squash seeds can even give an added taste to various dishes like lasagna, pizza, biscuits, cookies, cakes, sundaes, and desserts.
- Use them for their zinc properties: you can cut out the zinc supplements and pop these regularly to build immunity. Squash seeds also help in keeping insulin levels in check.
- Up your beauty routine: if you’re trying to catch up on your beauty sleep, your search ends here! All the beauty issues ranging from good sleep to perfect skin can be acquired by eating these tiny seeds of wonder. They fight acne and other skin issues, as these seeds are excellent anti-oxidants that protect the skin, fight aging, and rejuvenate the skin.
- Add them to your diet plan: for the conscious weight watchers, munching on squash seeds have shown to be a natural fat buster and help keep you feeling fuller longer. An ounce of roasted squash seeds is equivalent to just 126 calories and 5 grams of fat.
- Fight off illness: as discussed earlier, the high nutrient value of squash seeds helps fight infections and other harmful ailments.
- Mood changer could perhaps be its second name as it would help a grouchy, irritated you into the most amiable person. This is a natural solution to cool off and cure our PMS problems and have a pain free period.
- De-stress: misplaced your stress ball and feeling the pressure mounting? A handful of these tiny de-stressers will help calm you naturally and effectively!
- Long-term health benefits: we’ve seen how squash seeds help deal with minor ailments, but research has revealed that these little jewels can increase immunity and control and keep blood pressure in check. They also help to reduce the risk of colon cancer, ovarian cancer, heart disease, stroke, seizures, the common cold, and help stop baldness.
- Fun crafts and DIY’s: if you’re tired of using squash seeds for consumption purposes, then think outside the box and make your next craft with these seeds. They are easy to use and help keep your child engaged in an activity that doesn’t worry you. Kids can paint the squash seeds and use them for DIY art and craft projects. Use them to make leaves, bird feathers, cards, or jewelry.
- Go fishing: lastly, if your child doesn’t fall for the bait, the fish definitely will. The residue of squash seed pulp works great as fish food.
As you can see, the uses for squash seeds are many, but my favorite way to use them is for a simple on-the-go snack. They require no refrigeration and can be very satisfying and filling.
About the Author:
Surela Mukherjee is a passionate blogger, a foodie and a fitness freak. She is a content writer who loves writing about beauty, lifestyle, food, health and wellness.She is a contributor for Lifehack, Elephant Journal, Timecity and Stylecraze.com . She believes in spreading a word of happiness through her writings.
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