🎃Sweet + Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

Did you know that pumpkin seeds contain tryptophan? Tryptophan is an amino acid that your body converts to serotonin and then into melatonin, which is the hormone that regulates your sleep cycle. Having trouble sleeping? Try adding some pumpkin seeds into your evening routine :) ⁣ ⁣ They are also high in zinc, magnesium, antioxidants, fibre, protein and healthy fats. Pumpkin seeds are great to have on hand to throw into all of your dishes.⁣ I get excited to carve pumpkins so that I can make my own! ⁣ Have pumpkin guts and aren't sure what to do with them? ⁣

Here's a simple method:⁣ Separate the seeds from the rest of the pumpkin insides.⁣

Place in a bowl of water and allow to sit for a few minutes.⁣

Remove the seeds from the bowl and place into two separate bowls.⁣

⁣ Now time to make sweet cinnamon and spicy sweet seeds 🥰⁣ ⁣ In one bowl add 1 tbsp of maple syrup and 1 tsp of cayenne pepper.

In the other bowl add 1 tbsp of maple syrup, 1/2 a tsp of vanilla and 1 tsp of cinnamon.⁣

Mix them both up.⁣

Lay on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. They will start to brown.⁣

Eat the flavours separately or combined for a spicy sweet treat! 🎃

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