Kenya must be part squirrel or bird because he loves nuts and seeds. I love how good they are for kids, providing all kinds of valuable vitamins, minerals, fiber, Omegas and so on. I am always surprised, however, at how expensive packaged nuts and seeds can be. Next time you’re making trail mix or packing a healthy snack, why not toss in pumpkin seeds? I got the enormous bag in the picture at Whole Foods (also known as “whole wallet” or “whole paycheck”) for only $1.99. Most of the other nuts and seeds in the dry goods aisle were $5.99 or more for bags that were even smaller than mine! If you munch on a quarter cup of pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, you will get 46% of the daily value for magnesium, 28% for iron, a whopping 52% for manganese, 17% for protein and 17% for zinc. And since pumpkin seeds are smaller and easier to chew then almonds or cashews, they’re better for little mouths — still always make sure your kids chew all nuts and seeds thoroughly. So, forget about waiting until October 31st to enjoy this sweet and nutty flavored treat. Go on and munch away!

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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. It’s not too early, it’s just right. Gather dirt into large mounds plant 3 seeds in the mildde of it. Water every day and if more than 1 seed sprouts, wait a week or 2 then snuff out all but the healthies looking one. Keep weeds away, water reguarly (the key word is regularly) and apply plant food (Miracle Grow or Peter’s Plant Food) about every week or as directed on package. Good Luck!

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