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Feed Your Face: Good-for-Your-Skin Pumpkin Seed Recipes

By Dr Jessica Wu

If you’re carving pumpkins for Halloween, save the seeds for a yummy, all-natural snack that’s good for your skin. Pumpkin seeds (in Spanish, pepitas) are high in zinc, copper, and magnesium, all of which are essential for making and repairing the collagen that keeps your skin strong. Just remember that they’re also high in fat, so snack sparingly -- one handful, not the whole bowl. Here’s a celeb recipe for pumpkin seeds, from my book, Feed Your Face:

  • In between takes on the set of the TV show Cougar Town, Christa Miller (who plays Jules’s best friend Ellie) snacks on homemade trail mix. Combine pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and pistachios with a splash of maple syrup and a pinch of sea salt. Roast at 300 degrees for 20 minutes. Add dried unsweetened cherries.

Here’s how we toasted pumpkin seeds at home when I was growing up:

  • Rinse the pulp from the seeds as soon as you remove them from the pumpkin. Pat the seeds dry and toss with olive oil. Spread them on a baking sheet and season lightly with salt or other seasoning of your choice ( garlic salt, onion powder, soy sauce, or Worcestershire sauce). Bake at 325 degrees, shaking or stirring every 10 to 15 minutes until the seeds are crispy and brown, about 45 minutes. Let cool, then enjoy. You can also add them to trail mix, toss them in salads, or sprinkle them over oatmeal.

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