I’ve been experimenting with activating pepitas (also known as pumpkin seeds) recently. According to Weston Price Foundation the process of soaking nuts, seeds and grains and legumes neutralises phytic acid which can be hard for the body to digest and makes the nutrients more readily available to the body.
Health Benefits of Pepitas
Pepitas/pumpkin seeds are rich in minerals including manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, copper and zinc and have long been valued as a good source of dietary zinc. They are a good source of a diverse range of antioxidants, the combination of which is not commonly found in other food sources. Similarly, they contain vitamin E in a variety of forms which is thought to increase its bioavailability.
Pepitas are also rich in omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids and contain the amino acid tryptophan which is sometimes used to treat chronic insomnia.
It’s great to rely on a variety of food sources to meet your daily vitamin and mineral requirements. Try out my paleo honey nut bar recipe which is a great way to get kids to eat pepitas with other nuts and seeds. They also make great additions to salads.
- As many pepitas as you would like to activate
- Plenty of filtered water
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
- Cover the pepitas in plenty of filtered water (allowing for the fact that they will expand) and add the lemon juice/apple cider vinegar
- Soak for 6 hours
- Drain and pat dry
- Place in a food dehydrator according to instructions for 12 hour or roast in the oven in the lowest temperature for the same amount of time
Once complete, allow to cool and store in an airtight container. If you don’t eat them very often or have made a large batch, it’s a good idea to store them in the fridge.