Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Are you ready to go on a snack adventure that’s not just incredibly tasty but also full of health benefits? Roasted pumpkin seeds are here to make your snacking dreams come true. These are not only a delight to munch on but also pack a punch in the nutrition department.

Why Roasted Pumpkin Seeds?
The Benefits:
Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are little powerhouses of nutrition. They’re loaded with essential nutrients like magnesium, zinc, and iron, which can contribute to your overall well-being. Magnesium is a champion for your heart health and bone strength, while zinc is your immune system’s best friend.

But the benefits don’t stop there. These seeds are brimming with antioxidants, which can help combat oxidative stress in your body. They’re also a fantastic source of fiber, promoting digestive health and helping you stay fuller for longer. And they’re heart-friendly, too, thanks to their healthy fats.

The Snacking Fun:
Get creative in the kitchen, experimenting with different seasonings and flavor profiles. Share the joy of snack time with friends and family, or savor them all by yourself. Whether it’s movie night, a quick energy boost during the day, or a delicious addition to your salad or oatmeal, roasted pumpkin seeds can elevate any snacking experience.

The Money-Saving Secret: Homemade Goodness:
Beyond their exceptional flavor and nutritional benefits, there’s another fantastic aspect to consider – cost-effectiveness. Making roasted pumpkin seeds at home is not only super easy; it’s also budget-friendly. When you carve your Halloween pumpkin or prepare a delicious pumpkin dish (like our pumpkin puree recipe), don’t toss those seeds away. Instead, give them a second life as a scrumptious, homemade snack.

By using ingredients you likely already have on hand, you’ll not only save money but also reduce food waste. It’s a win-win situation – delicious, nutritious, and economical. Plus, you have the freedom to season them just the way you like.

So, are you ready to dive into the world of roasted pumpkin seeds? Get your oven preheated, gather your seeds, and explore the endless possibilities of this wholesome, budget-friendly snack that’s as fun to make as it is to eat. Get ready to snack your way to a healthier, happier you!

Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

What you need

1 or 2 small pumpkins
Salt to taste
Olive Oil to taste

  1. Slice open your pumpkin. If you’re using the pumpkin for a jack-o-lantern then just cut the top and reach in through the hole to reach your seeds, if not then just slice it in half for easy access.
  2. You can use a spoon or any sturdy scoop to scoop out the seeds. I used an ice- cream scoop and it worked perfectly.
  3. Transfer seeds to a large bowl, don’t worry about removing the pulp yet.
  4. Add enough water to cover seeds + more so that seeds begin to float (I add about 2-3 inches of water above seeds)
  5. Give the seeds a good mix with your hand
  6. Scoop out loose seeds that float and separate pulp from remaining seeds. Discard pulp.
  7. Transfer seeds to colander and rinse. Drain and pat dry with dishtowels.
  8. Spread seeds on baking sheet and bake at 250°F about 1 hr,until dry.
  9. Toss with olive oil, season with salt and roast at 350°F, tossing occasionally, until golden brown and crisp, 20 min.
  10. Cool completely, then store in an airtight container.

Customize it

Add these seasoning combos before roasting for a tailored flavor experience:

  • Ranch: 1 tablespoon dried parsley + 1 tablespoon dried dill + 2 teaspoons garlic powder + 2 teaspoons onion powder + ½ teaspoon salt + 1 teaspoon black pepper (Note: this recipe will give make a good amount of seasoning, reserve what you don’t need for the seeds to make dressing (add buttermilk), season food or make dip (add yogurt).
  • Earthy chocolate: 1 Tbsp cocoa powder + 1 tsp ground cinnamon + 1tsp sugar
  • Spice it up:  1/8 tsp cayenne
  • Cacio e Pepe: 1/2 cup finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese + 2 tsp cracked pepper

Deep Cleansing Masque

Crafting your own DIY beauty products is a step towards control, transparency, and cost-effectiveness. You choose what goes on your skin, and you can reap the numerous benefits that natural ingredients have to offer.

Today, we’re sharing the magic of a DIY natural calcium bentonite clay face masque. This powerhouse ingredient boasts an array of skincare benefits, from cleansing and exfoliating to revitalizing and rejuvenating your skin. And the best part? You are ensuring that you’re not exposing your skin to harsh chemicals or unnecessary additives.

Natural calcium bentonite clay, often referred to as the ‘healing clay,’ is renowned for its exceptional absorption properties. It acts like a magnet, drawing out impurities, toxins, and excess oils from your skin, leaving you with a fresh, radiant complexion. This clay is rich in essential minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which can help nourish and revitalize your skin naturally.

When making your masque there’s a crucial tip to keep in mind when working with natural calcium bentonite clay: never use metal utensils. This is because the clay’s negatively charged ions can interact with metal, leading to a reduction in its effectiveness. Instead, opt for wooden, stone, silicone or glass utensils when preparing your clay masque.

The beauty about this masque is that you can really tailor it to whatever your skin is needing at the time by switching up the type of liquid and oils that you use.

Types of liquids you can use:

Water- You can’t go wrong with using filtered spring water. It’s gentle and gets the job done. It’s the perfect option if your skin is too sensitive for one for one of the other options, or if you don’t have any of the others on hand.

Rosewater- This can help calm redness and reduce skin irritation. Its anti-inflammatory properties can make your skin feel more relaxed and refreshed.
It is also a fantastic natural astringent. It helps to tighten the pores, reducing their appearance, and can leave your skin feeling firmer and more toned.
Rosewater is also a great hydrator. It can help lock in moisture and keep your skin soft and supple. As an added bonus its delicate fragrance can turn your skincare routine into a spa-like experience.

Apple cider vinegar– This ingredient is renowned for its exfoliating properties. It’s rich in alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) that help remove dead skin cells, revealing the fresh, glowing skin beneath. By incorporating apple cider vinegar into your skincare routine, you’re helping to promote a smoother, more radiant complexion. It’s also a natural astringent, just like rosewater. It can help balance your skin’s pH levels, which is essential for a healthy complexion. Balanced pH levels mean less risk of breakouts and skin issues, giving you the clear and even skin tone you’ve been dreaming of.
Another remarkable benefit of apple cider vinegar is its ability to reduce the appearance of dark spots and acne scars. It can help lighten these blemishes, resulting in a more even complexion. Plus, it’s a natural antibacterial, which can help in the fight against acne and skin impurities.

While apple cider vinegar (ACV) offers many benefits for the skin, it’s important to exercise caution, especially if you have sensitive or easily irritated skin. ACV is a potent ingredient and should be used with care. Before applying any new skincare product, including those containing ACV, it’s advisable to perform a patch test. Apply a small amount to a discreet area of your skin and monitor for any adverse reactions, such as redness, itching, or burning sensations. If you experience any discomfort or irritation, it’s best to discontinue use immediately. Additionally, if you have an existing skin condition or are uncertain about using ACV on your skin, consult with a dermatologist or healthcare professional for personalized guidance and recommendations or opt for more gentle ingredients.

Essential oils you can add:
Lemon and lemongrass – great for keeping acne away and improving your skin tone
Eucalyptus, lavender, cinnamon, and peppermint – for itching that both soothe and moisturize your skin
Frankincense or Clary Sage – used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

  • Combine all ingredients in a recepticle being mindful not to let any metal touch your masque (HERE’S WHY)
  • Once all ingredients are well combined, apply to your face using an applicator brush (Fave bristled brush) (fave silicone brush)
  • Let the mask set and dry. It’s during the stage that the clay pulls everything out of your pores.
  • Wipe clean with a wet disposable towel (These are the ones I use)

Why use disposable towels?
“Bathroom towels- whether they’re a body towel, hand towel, or face towel- are full of bacteria, even viruses. Due to the environment they hang out in (your bathroom), towels offer the perfect scenario for bacteria and other microorganisms to grow. In research conducted by Charles Gerba at the University of Arizona, it was found that 90% of the towels in the study carried coliform bacteria, and 14% had e-coli.. Ew! Over a course of three days, the bacteria multiplied 10-fold. “So, just think about it. You wash your hands and you dry it in the towel and then maybe you had some ecoli or salmonella on there and they get into the towel. It’s wet. It’s moist. They grow. You may start out with a few, but in a few days you’ve got millions is what we found out. After about two days, if you dry your face on a hand towel, you’re probably getting more E. coli on your face than if you stuck your head in a toilet and flushed it.” Gerba states in his study. ” – Clean Skin Club website

Pumpkin Puree

In a world filled with convenience and readily available store-bought options, there’s something incredibly satisfying about taking matters into your own hands. It’s a movement towards simplicity, authenticity, and a return to the roots of self-sufficiency. Making your own staples from scratch isn’t just a culinary adventure; it’s a transformative journey that empowers you to reclaim control over what you consume.

One of the most rewarding journeys you can embark on in your own kitchen is crafting your own pumpkin puree. While it’s undoubtedly convenient to pick up a can of pumpkin puree from the store, there’s a world of difference when you create this golden elixir at home; we’re firm believers that convenience is killing us.

The benefits of swapping store-bought items for homemade creations extend far beyond the immediate gratification of making magic happen in the kitchen. It’s a lifestyle shift that brings you closer to the ingredients you use and the food you put on your plate.

Health benefits of pumpkin

Pumpkins can improve your vision

Pumpkins are rich in beta carotene, an antioxidant that your body turns into vitamin A. Vitamin A helps sharpen your vision, allowing you to see more clearly in low light. It also helps support the health of your retina and cornea. Pumpkins are also high in vitamin C, which reduces your risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts. 

They lower your cancer risk

“Pumpkins are packed with nutrients and antioxidants, making them a cancer-fighting food,” said Joshua George, R.D., Clinical Nutrition and Patient Services manager at Inspira Health. “Because they’re rich in vitamin A, pumpkins also lower your risk for certain types of cancer, including prostate and lung cancer.” Additionally, pumpkins contain carotenoids, a pigment that functions as an antioxidant. Carotenoids may lower your risk of developing throat, pancreatic, stomach and breast cancer. 

Contains Compounds That Promote Healthy Skin

Pumpkins are loaded with nutrients that are great for your skin. For one, it’s high in carotenoids like beta-carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A. In fact, one cup (245 grams) of cooked pumpkin packs 245% of the RDI for vitamin A. Studies show that carotenoids like beta-carotene can act as a natural sunblock

Once ingested, carotenoids are transported to various organs including your skin. Here, they help protect skin cells against damage from harmful UV rays. Pumpkin is also high in vitamin C, which is essential for healthy skin. Your body needs this vitamin to make collagen, a protein that keeps your skin strong and healthy.

Moreover, pumpkins contain lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin E and many more antioxidants that have been shown to boost your skin’s defenses against UV rays

Pumpkins are a heart-healthy food

“Pumpkins are rich in potassium, which can help regulate your blood pressure, lowering your risk for heart attack and stroke,” said George. “They also contain vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants, which can help prevent heart disease.”

They leave you feeling fuller for longer

“Pumpkins are high in fiber but low in calories, which means they can help you feel full without increasing your overall food intake,” said George. “Because they’re such a good source of fiber, pumpkins can also help curb your appetite.” 

The best way to reap the health benefits from this seasonal superfood is by avoiding high levels of sugar and artificial flavoring found in pumpkin-flavored treats. Instead, roast your pumpkin to make a savory soup or side dish. If you’re cooking or baking with pumpkin puree, look for the kind without added sugar. 

You can incorporate pumpkin puree a ton of different ways: in yogurt, outmeal, pancakes, waffles, crepes, muffins, toast, legume dishes, to soups, chili, stew or curry just to name a few

So, let’s dive into the art of making pumpkin puree at home, exploring the rich tapestry of advantages that come with it. From taste and quality to sustainability and mindfulness, you’re about to discover why opting for homemade is the ultimate choice.

Pumpkin Puree Recipe

Preheat oven to 375ºF.

Wash the pumpkin to remove any dirt from the outside. Trim off the stem, then cut the pumpkin in half through the top.

Use a melon baller (or an ice cream scoop, or a sturdy spoon.. use what you have on hand) to remove all the seeds and stringiness from the center of each pumpkin half. PRO TIP: reserve seeds to make oven roasted pumpkin seeds

Halve the pumpkin halves and place the quarters cut-side down onto a baking sheet and roast for about 45 minutes, until the skin is dark and puckered. Flip the pumpkin halves over. The pumpkin should be very soft.

Scoop all the pumpkin out of the skin with a spoon, then transfer to a food processor. Puree for about 30 seconds until completely smooth. Now the pumpkin puree is ready to use!

Homemade Pumpkin puree will keep in the fridge for 5 days. Some people freeze pumpkin puree but I personally don’t like to freeze it.

Makes about 2 cups puree.

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Our world blew up on July 1, 2019.
Jessi was admited to Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC for what would be the fight of her life. She almost didn’t make it.
December 2019 she developed a massive infection in her colon which made it rupture (thankfully she already had an ostomy and the colon was no longer attached), and there she was, fighting for her life again.
March 2020 Dave had major spine surgery.

Throw in a world-wide pandemic, a crashing economy and instability all around… let’s just say it’s been years since we’ve managed to regain our footing.

But here we are over four years later, finding ourselves again.

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Our passion has always been self-sufficiency and overall mental & physical wellbeing and we’re excited to be delving into these areas and sharing our journey with you, in hopes that you too will take some control back and start thriving.

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In 2018, before our world exlpoded, we invested in 4 acres of property in Algarve, Portugal. We bought it with the intention of building a retreat center. With everything that’s happened in the past few years this project has had to take a back seat, however we are ready to dive in full force! Our amazing archetect is currently drawing up plans for our site which triple as short term rentals, a retreat location & center for hosting tours around Algarve & Spain.

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