Are you including pumpkin seeds in your diet?
Pumpkin seed milk is a fun way to include these nutrient-rich seeds into your diet.
Pumpkin seeds are one of the highest plant-based sources of protein containing all essential amino acids. A handful of pepitas makes up almost half of the recommended daily allowance of protein. Pepitas are also a rich source of iron, with one cup delivering almost half of the RDA of iron. Pepitas are also a good source of zinc, to bone health, and prostate health in men. Pumpkin seeds are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, and copper; as well as Vitamins A, B and E.
Loaded with heart-healthy unsaturated fats and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, pumpkin seeds are anti-inflammatory avengers that help regulate blood pressure and cholesterol for heart health. They also contain tryptophan to alleviate anxiety and aid sleep.
Purchase raw pumpkin seeds from a supplier with a high turn over to ensure maximum freshness and quality, and store in a sealed glass container in the fridge, and consume within a couple of months. Or scoop seeds out of pumpkins and dehydrate the seeds.
Pumpkin seeds have a subtle sweet and nutty flavour. Some pumpkin seeds have a creamy husk, but the majority of pepitas are flat and dark green in color, so your milk will have a green tinge to it.
Pumpkin seed milk has a small amount of texture. You don't really need to strain it. In fact, you'll get more nutritional benefit if you don't strain it. However, for a silky smooth texture like a commercial-style milk for use in recipes, strain in. Use the smooth pulp for crackers, savory balls, and crusts. I like to add some salt on the pulp and eat it with a spoon!
Pumpkin seed milk does have a distinctive flavor. I sweeten it and add a bit of vanilla extract to lift and brighten the flavor. Pumpkin seed milk is delicious mixed with some carrot juice and a pinch of cinnamon. Try my sugar-free pumpkin pie smoothie.