This article also appears as a guest post for The Woman Works, a blog that focuses on “making clean living simple for the working woman”.
The first month of 2016 is in the rearview mirror. How are you doing with your resolutions? Like most human beings, I could be doing better, but that doesn’t mean I’m throwing in the towel yet. One of my goals is to eat cleaner. I know, I know…my blog is filled with a lot of food that no one would consider clean, but I don’t eat like that on a regular basis. I mean, I wish I could start each day with a big fat slice of cake, but I’m not 8 years old, and most of the time I try to eat like a healthy responsible adult.
If you’d like to eat cleaner and are looking for snacks that are quick to make and delicious, you’re in the right place. Pepitas or pumpkin seeds are full of nutritional benefits. They are a plant-based protein source, which is always a great choice, but they also have magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, potassium and antioxidants. If you’d like more detailed information on the benefits, please click on this link.
I originally came across this snack when a friend sent me a recipe for Pureed Butternut Squash Soup from Martha Stewart. I tweaked the recipe slightly to make it a little spicier. The pepitas are basically a garnish in Martha’s recipe, but they were so good I decided to put into my regular rotation. Keep in mind that even though they are clean, like all seeds and nuts, pepitas are higher in calories. There are about 140 calories in a half cup, however, they keep you satisfied longer than a snack with equal calories, but zero nutritional value. I’m looking at you snack size bag of Cool Ranch Doritos.
Whenever I wander into the kitchen looking for something with cream cheese frosting on it, I grab a spoonful of these instead. I keep them in a covered bowl on the counter, next to the refrigerator so it’s always in sight. It’s a simple trick but it works…most of the time. Sometimes you just need cream cheese frosting. Please don’t judge me.
I realize that my salt pinch bowl is super creepy, but for $1 I couldn’t pass him up at the flea market. He’s weird and I like it. Also, as you can see, I have absolutely no brand loyalty when it comes to spices.
Spicy Roasted Pepitas
Adapted slightly from Martha Stewart
2 cups of raw green pepitas (294 g)
2 teaspoons chili powder
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon lime juice (1 small lime)
Preheat oven to 350°. Thoroughly mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. Spread evenly on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper or cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes, seeds will be slightly puffy. Let cool for a few minutes and store in an airtight container at room temperature. These seeds will keep for a couple weeks. Enjoy!