I have to admit, when snacking off the grid I sometimes feel like I eat a lot of bird food…so sometimes I have to get creative. Nuts and seeds, when properly prepared are wonderful sources of healthy fats, complementary proteins and a host of micronutrients.
Sunflower seeds provide significant amounts of vitamin E, magnesium and selenium. These nutrients are known to calm and detoxify the entire body, reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and help prevent heart both heart disease and cancer (source).
Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, are another super seed which are known for promoting prostate health, increasing bone density and reducing inflammation better than pharaceuticals!
“The healing properties of pumpkin seeds have also been recently investigated with respect to arthritis. In animal studies, the addition of pumpkin seeds to the diet has compared favorably with use of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin in reducing inflammatory symptoms. Importantly, though, pumpkin seeds did not have one extremely unwanted effect of indomethacin: unlike the drug, pumpkin seeds do not increase the level of damaged fats (lipid peroxides) in the linings of the joints, a side-effect that actually contributes to the progression of arthritis.” (source)
Birds must be amazing healthy little critters, but I bet they are jealous that they don’t have these tasty seeds!
TERIYAKI BIRD FOOD
- filtered water
- 1 – 2 TBS Celtic sea salt
- 1 lb raw sunflower seeds
- 1 lb raw pumpkin seeds
- 15 – 20 dates, soaked and drained
- 1 TBS ginger
- 2 TBS crushed garlic
- 2 TBS soy sauce (use tamari for a gluten free version)
- Place seeds in a large bowl and cover with filtered water. Add 1 – 2 TBS of Celtic sea salt and soak 8 hours or overnight. Drain. Should be about 8 C soaked seeds.
- About an hour before seeds are done soaking bring a pot of filtered water to a boil and then remove from heat, add dates and cover. Allow dates to soak for 1 hour. Drain.
- In a food processor, process soaked dates until a smooth paste forms.
- Add ginger, garlic and soy sauce and continue to process.
- Scrape paste into bowl with soaked and drained seeds and mix well to coat.
- Place on non-stick dehydrator sheets and dehydrate for about 20 hours at 115° degrees. Or use the oven method (below)*.
- Store in air tight glass jars.
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*OVEN DEHYDRATING METHOD
Spread items to be dehydrated out onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper and place in the oven. If you have a convection setting use it, if not, prop the door open using a small metal object such as a measuring cup to allow air to circulate. Dehydrate at 150° (or your oven’s lowest possible temperature) for 8 – 12 hours or until crispy. You will lose some of the enzymes with this method, but will still have a yummy treat!
This post was shared on Read Food Wednesday with Kelly the Kitchen Kop.