5 Perks of Pumpkin Seeds
Just like your little one, pumpkin seeds are tiny but mighty! We use pumpkin seeds in many of our cold-pressed 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 Smoothie blends!
Clearly, we have a passion for pumpkin seeds, but here’s why you should too!
5 Perks of Pumpkin Seeds
Packed with Protein: Pumpkin seeds contain natural protein for stable energy and growing bodies.
Fats: Our little ones can more effectively absorb fat-soluble vitamins with fats in their diet and pumpkin seeds are a great source of fat! Other fats we use in our blends include avocado, coconut milk, extra virgin olive oil, hemp seeds and flax seeds.
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!
Creamy Texture: Pumpkin seeds provide a thick and creamy texture unlike other plant-based products made with nuts or coconut. Trust us on this one – you won’t miss the dairy!
Fiber: Fiber helps promote easy digestion for tiny tummies. Other sources of fiber in our blends include apple, pear, raspberry, sweet potato, and oat.
Some of Our Blends with Pumpkin Seeds
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!
1. 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 dip for celery or apples and is, of course, welcome in nut-free schools or classrooms. Plus, it’s a quick and easy recipe that the kiddos will enjoy making and eating.
2. 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 these Super Crunchy Pumpkin Pie Spice Seeds to your favorite trail mix recipe for a touch of fall flavor too!
3. Craft Recipes!
And don't forget about crafting with pumpkin seeds! If trick-or-treating isn't in the cards for your family this year, at-home crafting is a fun alternative and A Little Pinch of Perfect highlighted 14 Fun Things To Do with Leftover Pumpkin Seeds, including learning activities, sensory play and more.