How to Make Pumpkin Seed Milk

Pumpkin seeds pack a lot of punch when it comes to nutrition. Those small, flat, green gems offer a wide range of benefits that make them an ideal anytime-of-the-year snack, not just in October when carving jack-o-lanterns supplies us with a few days’ worth of crunchy, toasted seeds.

Homemade Pumpkin Seed Milk

Now readily available in most supermarkets and health food stores year ‘round, pumpkin seeds are a great addition to salads or trail mixes.

And, believe it or not, pumpkin seeds can be turned into milk. Who would have guessed that simply blending such emerald-hued seeds with water would produce a liquid as white as dairy milk? Before I share my secret recipe, let me give you a rundown on a few of the potential benefits of adding pumpkin seeds to your diet.

Pumpkin seeds contain:

  • Magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, iron, copper, and zinc. Zinc is important for healthy prostate function, immune function and bone health.*
  • Alpha-linolenic acid – an essential fat that is supportive of healthy cell membranes.*
  • Phytosterols, or natural plant compounds that are similar to the body’s cholesterol.
  • The amino acid L-tryptophan. L-tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin, an important brain neurotransmitter.

How to make pumpkin seed milk:

Ingredients

1 cup pumpkin seeds
5 cups water
¼ tsp. vanilla
Optional: stevia or agave syrup, maple syrup or honey, to taste

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in high-speed blender; blend on high for one minute.
  2. Strain liquid.
  3. Add vanilla and/or optional sweetener, if desired.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Dr. Laurie Steelsmith

Laurie Steelsmith, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who specializes in women’s health. She is the co-author of Great Sex, Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicineand co-author ofNatural Choices for Women’s Health: How the Secrets of Natural and Chinese Medicine Can Create a Lifetime of Wellness. Visit her website at www.DrSteelsmith.com.

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Laurie Steelsmith, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who specializes in women’s health. She is the co-author of Great Sex, Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine and co-author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health: How the Secrets of Natural and Chinese Medicine Can Create a Lifetime of Wellness. Visit her website at www.DrSteelsmith.com.

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