10 Healthy Halloween Treats


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Pumpkin Seeds

When you carve a pumpkin, save the seeds.
When you carve a pumpkin, save the seeds.
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Jack-o'-lanterns are part of many Halloween decorations, but did you know that pumpkin seeds can support a healthy diet? Slightly larger than sunflower seeds with a softer shell that some people like to eat, these healthy Halloween treats can even help us think. Rich in zinc, which nourishes the brain, pumpkin seeds are also loaded with magnesium. Magnesium helps muscle, nerve, heart and bone function [source: Hillian]. What's more, these minerals help the body generate protein and absorb energy from food. If pumpkin seeds don't suit your palate, sunflower seeds are nutritional stars, too. They're a good source of copper, an antioxidant that enhances the metabolism of other essential minerals.

Did You Know? You can buy single-serving bags of roasted pumpkin seeds at many grocery or discount stores throughout the year.