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Quick Tip #73: The power of the pepita

by Clare Deville (follow)
Editor in Chief of www.healthyhints.com.au
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Don't be fooled by their size - the pint sized pepita, or pumpkin seed, is a powerhouse of essential nutrients. Containing a host of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids, these dried seeds are a worthy addition to any diet.



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Powerhouse pepitas. Image courtesy of Mister GC/freedigitalphotos.net


While all can benefit from pepitas, they are particularly beneficial to vegans and vegetarians as they are a rich source of protein and iron. Tasty and versatile they make for a simple low-calorie snack, or as a crunchy garnish on top of salads and hot meals.

One of my favourite ways to use pepitas is to make a homemade tamari protein mix and sprinkle it on salads, steamed vegetables, or a simple lunch of brown rice and avocado.



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Homemade tamari protein mix


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