Women, listen up. When is the last time you heard that a delicious snack could actually have an impact on your lagging libido?
We love this recipe not only for its amazing sweet/salty/crunchy taste, but also because its packed with healthy fat, protein, and a myriad of vitamins and minerals, including the aphrodisiac mineral . . . zinc.
Since the fall season on the East Coast brings changing leaves, colorful mums, and pumpkins galore from every supermarket to every farmers market, we felt it was the perfect time to share this delicious recipe on our blog.
But first, a brief science lesson on zinc’s impact on sex drive. Though you may be familiar with zinc for its immune boosting properties, you may not realize that adequate zinc is necessary for optimal physical performance, energy levels, and body composition. Additionally, zinc is required for testosterone production, which is a major component of sexual desire in both men AND women. Sexual desire wanes dramatically when testosterone levels are low in either sex.
Top food sources of zinc include the infamous oysters, but the mineral can also be found in lentils, beans, cashews, quinoa, sesame and pumpkin seeds, along with animal proteins such as chicken and turkey.
The great thing about the following recipe, which was adapted from the book “The Cancer Fighting Kitchen” by Rebecca Katz, is that you can use literally any type of nut or seed as your base. It works well with almonds, cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, or any combo.
SAVORY TOASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS
(We suggest a 1/4 cup serving. This recipe makes 2 cups or 8 servings)
2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon 100% pure maple syrup
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ – ½ teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cardamon
Preheat oven to 325. Toss pumpkin seeds with remaining ingredients until well coated, and then spread them evenly on a baking sheet pan. Bake for 7-10 minutes until aromatic and slightly browned. The pumpkin seeds will become crispy as they cool.
Get toasting today (and let us know how it works out for you)!
Check out Part 2 of our Lagging Libido series