This humble-looking seed mix is actually a powerhouse — of flavor and nutrition. It starts with two sprouted superseeds — pumpkin and sunflower — and amps them up with a zesty bold mix of herbs, spices, lime juice and sea salt. All of the goodness of pumpkin and sunflower seeds is combined with garlic, jalapeño and cilantro for extra benefits — to your tastebuds, and to the rest of your body. Add them to salads, throw them on top of soup, jazz up any dish, or just eat them by the handful. Sometimes eating seeds feels like a virtuous chore, but eating these feels like a purely indulgent snack.~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
All of the goodness of pumpkin and sunflower seeds is combined with garlic, jalapeño and cilantro for extra benefits — to your tastebuds, and to the rest of your body. Garlic is full of phytonutrients, vitamins and antioxidants, especially allicin, which reduces blood pressure and cholesterol. The addition of jalapeño—just enough for a little kick of spice—provides a burst of vitamin C and A, beta-carotene and alpha-carotene, and cilantro is a powerful anti-inflammatory and promotes eye, vein and artery health.
Add them to salads, throw them on top of soup, jazz up any dish, or just eat them by the handful. Sometimes eating seeds feels like a virtuous chore, but eating these feels like a purely indulgent snack.
Sprouted Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Sprouted Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Jalapeno, Organic Cilantro, Organic Lime Juice, Celtic Sea Salt, Organic Spices
Why pumpkin seeds are so good for you
Pumpkin seeds are a powerful superfood that everybody should be eating every day. They’ve been used medicinally for thousands of years, and their health benefits are off the charts. They’re loaded with magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and vitamin K, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and key amino acids like tryptophan and glutamate. Recent studies (none sponsored by Big Pumpkin) are piling up, all underscoring the positive health effects of pumpkin seeds. The list of health effects of pumpkin seeds is rather impressive. Pumpkin seeds may help to:
- Combat the growth and spread of prostate cancer
- Reduce hot flashes, headaches, and joint pain and improve mood swings in postmenopausal women
- Improve HDL (good) cholesterol levels
- Reduce blood pressure
- Reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol
- Manage insulin levels and diabetes risk
- Reduce social anxiety and depression
- Increase sex drive
- Reduce inflammation that causes arthritis.
- Relieve pain after strenuous exercises or during menstrual periods
- Promote faster recovery after strenuous exercise
- Prevent osteoporosis
Why sunflower seeds are so good for you
Sunflower seeds are one of those superfoods that was super-popular in the 1970s, and used in countless bad recipes involving tofu, beansprouts, and shredded carrots. It reached its culinary nadir in the “vegan nut loaf” — overdense and underseasoned. There’s a reason why sunflower seeds were so popular —they’ve got an amazing nutritional profile. And if well-seasoned, they actually taste good. Sunflower seeds are high in protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. When they’re sprouted, they get even more rad. Here are some of the superpowers of sunflower seeds. They may help to:
- Prevent many types of infectious diseases, as well as cancer.
- Lower LDL, "bad cholesterol" and increase HDL, "good-cholesterol"
- Reduce blood sugar levels
- Maintain the integrity of the cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin.
- Strengthen the immune response
- Create significant anti-inflammatory effects that result in the reduction of symptoms in asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis
- Enhance GABA activity inside the brain, which in turn helps reduce anxiety and neurosis
- Reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, and prevent migraine headaches, as well as reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Why soaked and sprouted?
Soaking and sprouting are ancient techniques, developed by our wise ancestors to make certain foods, like nuts, seeds and grains, more nutritious and easier to digest. These foods evolved chemical defense mechanisms to protect themselves until the proper growing conditions came about — enough moisture to help them burgeon into sprouts. Most nuts, seeds, and grains simply aren’t easily digested unless they’re soaked for a while, to awaken the mechanisms that say, “Hey, time to sprout!” and unleash an amazing series of biochemical transformations. The soaking and sprouting process brings natural resting enzymes to life, increasing bioavailable nutrients. Increased nutrients and live enzymes aid digestion and strengthen the body’s natural healing process, increasing vital energy and wellness. The soaking and sprouting process also minimizes or eliminates nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances such as enzyme inhibitors, phytates (phytic acid), polyphenols (tannins), and goitrogens. We recommend soaking and sprouting any nuts, seeds and grains that you plan to eat (unless someone else has already done it for you). The soak/sprout/dehydration process takes a bit of planning ahead (and a dehydrator), but it’s well worth it for the health benefits it confers. It also makes nuts and seeds taste amazing — extra-buttery and satisfyingly crispy-crunchy.