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5 Perks of Pumpkin Seeds

By Once Upon a Farm Food + RecipesHealth

Pumpkin Seeds

Just like your little one, pumpkin seeds are tiny but mighty! We use pumpkin seeds in many of our blends to pack in extra nutrition for little bodies, but that’s not the only benefit. Pumpkin seeds are a wonderful plant-based protein for tiny tots because they don’t have a strong flavor or gritty texture like other plant-based proteins can have (yes, these blends pass the picky toddler test!). Finely ground pumpkin seeds also provide a creamy consistency as the perfect substitute for dairy in our Dairy-Free Yogurt and Dairy-Free Smoothie blends!

Clearly, we have a passion for pumpkin seeds, but here’s why you should too!

5 Perks of Pumpkin Seeds

  1. Packed with Protein: Pumpkin seeds contain natural protein for stable energy and growing bodies. Our Blueberry, Raspberry and Strawberry Dairy-Free Yogurt blends have 5g of protein per pouch!
  2. Good Fats: Our little ones can more effectively absorb fat-soluble vitamins with good fats in their diet and pumpkin seeds are a great source of good fat! Other good fats we use in our blends include avocado, coconut milk, extra virgin olive oil, hemp seeds and flax seeds.
  3. Source of Iron: Pumpkin seeds are a good source of iron which is important for growth and brain development for little ones. Other sources of iron in our blends include date and spinach!
  4. Creamy Texture: Pumpkin seeds provide a thick and creamy texture unlike other plant-based yogurts made with nuts or coconut. Trust us on this one – you won’t miss the dairy!
  5. Fiber: Fiber helps promote easy digestion for tiny tummies. Other sources of fiber in our blends include apple, pear, raspberry, sweet potato, zucchini and oat.

Pumpkin Seed Recipes

If you don’t have the tools at home to pulverize your pumpkin seeds, don’t fret. We’re sharing some of our favorite pumpkin seed recipes just in time for Halloween pumpkin carving so don’t toss those pumpkin innards because you’ll need them for these!

Pumpkin Seed Butter

Up your PBJ game with Pumpkin Seed Butter! Weelicious has so many recipes to choose from (hello, Maple Roast Pumpkin Seeds and Pumpkin Seed Cookies) but we’re highlighting pumpkin seed butter today! It’s the perfect healthy dip for celery or apples and is of course welcome at nut-free schools or classrooms. Plus, it’s a quick and easy recipe that the kiddos will enjoy making and eating.

Super Crunchy Pumpkin Pie Spice Seeds

Super Healthy Kids is serving up a sweet pumpkin seed recipe your little ones will love with a crispy crunch that will have tiny hands going back for more. We can already smell these spices roasting in your oven and it’s heavenly. You can also add them to your favorite trail mix recipe for a touch of fall flavor too!

Craft Recipes!

If pumpkin seeds aren’t your palate preference, they can be used for crafting instead! With Halloween looking a little different this year, at-home crafting is a fun alternative for your family and A Little Pinch of Perfect is sharing 14 Fun Things To Do with Leftover Pumpkin Seeds, including learning activities, sensory play and more.

And when you’re ready to try our blends, you can shop those with pumpkin seeds below!

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