Pepitas if you didn’t know are pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds if you didn’t already know are a powerhouse of nutrition which is why I made them the main ingredient of this delicious dressing. Heres a little nutritional information on this mighty seed.
Pumpkin Seeds are a Great Source of Zinc. Zinc is a critically important mineral for physiological well-being. Zinc has numerous benefits for human health. It is essential for certain enzymatic reactions, provides structure to cellular membranes, supports the integrity of the skin, and plays an important role in gene expression. In fact, getting enough zinc has been shown to help people get over the common cold more quickly.
Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of magnesium, which is associated with better cardiovascular health. The body relies on magnesium for efficient metabolism, the creation of antioxidants, and the transport of ions (Volpe, 2014). Magnesium is particularly recognized for its role in cardiovascular health. For example, getting enough magnesium has been shown to lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease.
If you have trouble sleeping, pumpkin seeds could help. Pepitas are a great source of the amino acid tryptophan, containing approximately 600 mg per serving. Tryptophan supports healthy sleep patterns and can be particularly helpful in helping people with mild insomnia fall asleep and remain sleeping for sustained periods. So, sprinkle some pumpkin seeds on a salad for dinner or have a bedtime snack of pumpkin seeds to snooze better.
The dressing I created is perfect on a green salad with avocado and whatever toppings you wish to add. Some of my favorite salad toppings are goji berries, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, tempeh, and hemp seeds. But the dressing is so good and packed full of minerals and vitamins that you can keep the salad nice and simple.
Coriander, Sesame, Ginger & Pepita Dressing/Spread
- 1 cup cilantro (rough stems removed)
- 2 limes freshly squeezed (approx 6 tbsp of juice)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 cup sprouted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tbsp minced ginger/grated ginger
- 1 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1/2 cup filtered water
How to cook Coriander, Sesame, Ginger & Pepita Dressing/Spread
- Place everything into the blender and blend at medium/high speed until you have a smooth consistency.
- Transfer your dressing/spread to an airtight container/glass jar. Store in the fridge for up to ten days.
- When using on a salad scoop out a few tbsp and using your hands massage through the lettuce/greens.
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