It’s pumpkin carving time so make sure to take advantage of the health benefits of pumpkin seeds. One quarter cup of pumpkin seeds provides around 50% of your daily need for magnesium, phosphorous, and manganese. Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of iron, protein, vitamin K, and zinc. Pumpkin seeds have been touted for their beneficial effects on cholesterol, prostate health, and arthritis as well.

Using olive oil and natural spices to flavor pumpkin seeds helps to increase their health benefits. Allrecipes.com has several variations on flavoring for pumpkin seeds. Here is a link to their recipes. http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Roasting-Pumpkin-Seeds/Detail.aspx. Their recipes don’t mention boiling the seeds beforehand, but if you like them crunchy try boiling them for 10 minutes before you bake them.