Without magnesium, you wouldn’t have bones. Without bones, we wouldn’t have skeletons. No skeletons, no Halloween. No wonder pumpkins–through all that brainy pulp–hold seeds with the answer for Halloweens forever. Magnesium!
Save your squash seeds.
Huckleberry Thinn’s Roasted Winter Squash Seeds
preheat oven to 300 degrees > collect seeds from your winter squash– pumpkin, acorn, butternut, delicata, spaghetti, kabocha > rinse seeds in colander to help separate from squash meat > lay seeds out to dry > mix seeds with a little bit of your favorite roasting oil > coat seeds in your favorite spice ensemble: pumpkin pie spice, chile powder and lime, cinnamon maple, curry, or good ole salt and pepper > spread seeds out on cookie sheet and roast for 15 minutes > shuffle seeds around and continue to roast until they become toasty brown > add to Huckleberry Thinn’s GORP Gone Wild
Nutrition Facts Thinn Style
How every tiny seed holds the genetic material for an entire plant is a wondrous way of wild nature. Perhaps even more wonderful is how a plant can squeeze heaps of macro and micronutrients into these little powerful plant foodstuffs.
Squash seeds, specifically pumpkin seeds, are full of magnesium, phosphorous, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, essential fatty acids, phytosterols and proteins that all contribute to whole body health.
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body and the most abundant mineral in pumpkin seeds. It is an electrolyte that can conduct electricity and create batteries in your cells that drive your physiology.
Magnesium does more that electrify your cells; it is a key for many biochemical pathways. Magnesium is a cofactor–an activator–for more than 300 enzymes that regulate biochemical reactions in your body. That’s a big deal. These are reactions that lead to protein, ATP (energy), DNA (genetic material) and bone synthesis.
By shuttling ions across cell membranes, magnesium is essential for nerve impulses and muscle contraction, even your heart beat. On a large scale, magnesium maintains blood glucose levels, controls blood pressure and contributes to bone health.
Long live Halloween!