1. High in magnesium. 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds contains nearly half of the recommended daily amount of magnesium. This important mineral is vital for many physiological functions, including proper bowel function – yet an estimated 80 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium!
2. Restful sleep. Pumpkin seeds are high in tryptophan, which is needed for serotonin and melatonin (the “sleep hormone”) production. Both of these hormones help promote a restful night’s sleep.
3. Post-menopause symptom relief. Pumpkin seeds are rich in natural phytoestrogens which can help reduce hot flashes, headaches, joint pains and other menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women.
4. Healthy hormones. Pumpkin seeds can help naturally increase your estrogen while also providing fiber to support healthy estrogen metabolism. It’s an excellent way to create a healthy level of estrogen without leading to excess levels, also known as estrogen dominance.
5. High in antioxidants. Pumpkin seed may help fight the growth and spread of cancer cells due to their high antioxidant content. Diets rich in pumpkin seeds have been linked to a lower risk of several types of cancer, including breast, stomach, lung and colorectal cancer.
Add more pumpkin seeds to your diet with this simple no-bake protein ball recipe.
These protein balls are great for a healthy mid-day snack or quick pre/post workout fuel.
Make a batch and store them in the fridge or freezer, so you’ll always have a healthy snack ready to pop or take with you when you’re running out the door.
1. Put pumpkin seeds and coconut chips into food processor and process into a fine crumble. Set crumble aside on a plate.
2. Add pumpkin seed butter, protein powder, coconut oil, vanilla extract and sea salt into the food processor and combine ingredients. Use a spatula to scrape sides if needed. Mixture should be dense and smooth so it can be pressed together. If it’s too wet, add more protein powder. If it’s too dry, add more coconut oil (1 tsp at a time).
3. Using a teaspoon, scoop mixture and form into small balls. If balls are too sticky to form, place mixture into the freezer for 10-minutes then remove and form balls.
4. Roll balls into the pumpkin seed and coconut crumble then place them in large shallow tupperware so they are not touching one another.
5. Store protein balls in the fridge – or freezer for a frozen treat. Once the balls have firmed up, feel free to stack them in a smaller container.
Have you ever considered adding more collagen to your diet to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, support your bones & joints or improve your gut health?
The best dietary sources of collagen are from inedible parts of animals, like bones and cartilage. The majority of Western diets aren’t rich in collagen since these animal parts tend to be discarded in food preparation and cooking.
Since animal food sources of collagen are less used, supplementation is an easy and accessible option to boost your intake.
The collagen found in most supplements is hydrolyzed, or separated, into amino acids making it more bioavailable (meaning its ability to be absorbed through the intestine and utilized in the body).
Studies have found that collagen in food has less bioavailability, compared to hydrolyzed collagen which is why collagen supplementation is very popular these days.
Whole Body Collagen is my go-to collagen powder. I add it to smoothies and hot drinks like my Mocha Collagen Latte below. It’s an easy way to support my body with nutrients that I may not be getting through my diet.
Support a strong immune system during cold and flu season (and all year round) with this powerful immunity booster. Loaded with whole food forms of vitamin C, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, plus antibacterial & antiviral properties.
Check out what one of my followers had to say about this drink:
“Thank you for this recipe Jennifer. It was my go to drink during chemotherapy. When my white blood cell count was low and the docs told me I may not be able to do chemo, I started to drink this and boom – my WBC count went up and I was able to do the next round of chemo. I never missed a round of chemo with this drink. Thank you for this.”
Cranberry Orange Immunity Boost
INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1 orange (peeled)
1/4 cup frozen cranberries
1 inch piece of ginger (peeled)
1 tsp honey (manuka honey – my go to)
1 tsp raw coconut oil
1/2 – 1 cup water
BOOST your smoothie with collagen & protein – add 1 scoop PurePaleo Protein vanilla (optional)
Blend all ingredients using a high-powered blender.
Consume 3-4 times a week to support a strong immune system throughout the year.