Sweet n’ Salty Pumpkin Seeds

It’s almost Halloween! What are your plans for the holiday? Kramer and I are lucky enough to be able to go to Las Vegas with my parents again this year to celebrate in style! I’m very excited; I love Las Vegas on Halloween. The costumes are always fantastic and the energy is phenomenal. It’s not as crazy as you might think, believe it or not! I’ve never seen anyone get out of control there, but then again, I’m not out until 5 AM, either. We’re planning on eating at some fabulous restaurants and hopefully hanging out by the pool if it’s warm enough. It says that it is supposed to be 77 degrees Fahrenheit, and now that I’m used to New York, that sounds like it’s pool weather to me! Kramer and I are going to be wearing out Lost-inspired costumes, too, so we’re hoping to meet some other Lost fans while strolling down the strip. What are you going to dress up as?

If you’re carving some pumpkins this weekend, then you had better save those pumpkin seeds! I know that some people prefer shelled seeds, but I like mine whole. Honestly, I have no idea how I would go about shelling them. Anyway, these pumpkin seeds are roasted simply with a little bit of olive oil, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt, for a sweet and salty combo that you won’t be able to stop snacking on! At least this is a snack that you can feel good about, though, right? Pumpkin seeds are not only a great source of protein, but a quarter cup of them can give you over 20% of your daily iron intake, which I know is great for people like me who have trouble getting enough iron on busy days. Pumpkin seeds also contain a good amount of essential polyunsaturated fats, which have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. It’s really a win-win with these tasty little seeds! They are definitely a bonus during the Halloween season, where you can have fun carving pumpkins and get a little health boost to boot! You can roast these any way you like – go crazy! I hope that everyone has a fun and safe Halloween, and if you get sick of candy, you can give these pumpkin seeds a try, instead!

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