Well, I like nuts, unfortunately I can only “stomach” the very expensive ones that my boyfriend pampers me with when he’s visiting! Tree nuts I believe – Macadamia, Cashew, Almonds, etc. No, I am not a snob?! I just have a sensitive digestive system that can only handle very few things that must ultimately be natural, organic and fresh! If it was up to me I would be gorging on creamy cakes, chocolates and sweets!

What does this mean?! I have very few choices when it comes to nibbling while watching my favorite movie or waiting for the main meal to be served. It’s quiet frustrating too because in addition to being edible it has to be a healthy snack. I have to constantly think of what is going into my mouth. Each spoon or handful must have some nutritional component. I cannot eat for the sake of it, it has to count, otherwise, back off Nina!

Last year, my doctor prescribed Zinc supplements for my hormone imbalance! Unfortunately, the tablet supplement contains an extra ingredient that is repulsive to me, “Sulphate”. I tell you, one tablet is enough to send me into a trance! I am just saying… After a few hectic dosages I informed her I couldn’t handle them. Being the good doctor that she is, the prescription was discontinued immediately.

Remember, she doesn’t experiment on her patients, so she didn’t prescribe the supplements to list new side effects in her medical journal! Rather, they were essential for my wellness. That means we still have a pending problem – my zinc levels! Being the self made nutritionist or naturopath advent, I sought for an alternative, as usual?!

Zinc is found in many foods however, the quantities are negligible and you would have to consume very high amounts of the food, say a whole bunch of ripe bananas a few times a day! To barely get half of the daily recommended intake. Keep that up for a week and you would need “counseling” to resolve your “banana phobia”! Talk about nausea, no thanks!

The solution is to identify foods with higher levels of Zinc that are “compact” enough for frequent intake.

Now, back to my topic… Pumpkin seeds are a good alternative for:

1. Nibbling,
2. Supplements and
3. Possible counseling!

These seeds contain Zinc at approximately 8mg plus numerous other nutrients per 100g:

1. Carbohydrates – 15g
2. Fat – 49g
3. Protein – 30g
4. Vitamins 4% – 30 % (Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Folic acid, B6, C, E, and K)
5. Minerals 5% – 214% (Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium. Sodium and Zinc)

The beauty of this “discovery” is that, my Zinc levels remain checked and I have something to snack on when my supply of tree nuts have run out!

RECIPE:

Ingredients
– 100g Raw Pumpkin Seeds (Healthy U Stores)
– 2 tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Supermarket)
– Sea Salt to taste (Supermarket)

Method
1. Warm your nonstick frying pan on low heat.
2. Add olive oil and allow to heat up.
3. Add the seeds and keep tossing them until they change color from green to very light brown.
4. Switch off your cooker when all seeds have changed color.
5. Sprinkle the salt evenly while tossing the seeds for distribution.
6. Allow to cool on the pan and serve on a separate dish.