Over the past few months, I’ve been trying some new recipes for healthy snack options. When I got the book A Good Food Day to review, I was excited to try a few of their snack recipes. One of my favorites were these Spiced Pumpkin Seeds.
I received the book, A Good Food Day by Marco Canora to review from Blogging for Books. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
One of the questions I hear from my readers all the time is “how many hours a day do you spend in the gym to be able to eat your recipes?” While I do share a lot of decadent dessert recipes, I actually have a pretty healthy lifestyle.
The key for me is everything in moderation. I love my sweets, but I try to limit them to a couple times a week. I eat a healthy, low carb breakfast and lunch almost every day, and Andrew and I make a balanced meal most nights. I also stay active and go to the gym 4 to 6 days a week.
Since I’ve been trying to share a greater number of healthy recipes on the blog, I chose the book A Good Food Day: Reboot Your Health with Food That Tastes Great from Blogging for Books this month.
The introduction to this book includes 10 Principles for a Good Food Day. The first principle is my favorite: “Eating must be enjoyable.” I love making, eating and talking about good food. I’ve found that it’s nearly impossible for me to stick to a healthy “diet” with boring, limited options. Instead, I’ve found lots of good-for-you recipes that taste incredible. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be bland!
Another helpful feature of this book is a list of Pantry Staples for a Good Food Day. This is a great list of ingredients to keep in the house in order to make the recipes in this book. The items in your pantry reflects how healthy your overall diet is. If it’s filled with nutritious food, you are more likely to eat it. If it’s filled with sugary treats and processed food, you will resort to eating those foods when you feel hungry.
The bulk of the book is recipes for every meal of the day, as well as smoothies, snacks and desserts. I’m definitely going to be trying a lot more of these recipes soon!
This recipe was so simple to make! I had to buy the pumpkin seeds, but I had everything else in the house. You can make this recipe for under $5, but is easy to make in bigger batches so you won’t run out as quickly.
These Spiced Pumpkin Seeds were so addicting, and tasted amazing! They have a slightly sweet flavor from the maple syrup, and a savory coating of spices. During the Fall, you could make this recipe using seeds leftover from pumpkin carving and pie making. But you can also buy pumpkin seeds to enjoy this snack year-round.
- 2 cups raw hulled pumpkin seeds
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, I used ground nutmeg
- Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, toss together the seeds, maple syrup, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg until they are evenly coated. Spread the seeds in a single layer on the lined baking sheet.
- Bake, stirring every 10 minutes, until the seeds puff up and are lightly browned, about 25 minutes. Let them cool before storing in an airtight container.