I love PUMPKIN SEEDS! I am always trying to find a way to get more of them packed into my life because they have so many power packed and unique qualities. On the top of my list lately is the magical way pumpkin seeds can help curb sugar cravings. You may think – sugar and seeds – what’s the catch?
Here’s how: pumpkin seeds are high in tryptophan, yes tryptophan. Often this neurochemical is only thought of around turkey time but there are many foods high in this relax-y element. And we need tryptophan in a big way because it is the precursor to serotonin – our FEEL GOOD neurotransmitter. So often when we go for sugar we are looking to FEEL GOOD, even if it doesn’t last long, we are actually seeking the serotonin release in the body. The rush. With sugar we get up, only to go way down. Increasing serotonin is the long haul solution!
What if we filled our diet with tryptophan in order to help the body produce more serotonin? You got it – less sugar cravings looking for the FEEL GOOD rush!
So load up on pumpkin seeds in your pesto, hot morning cereal, roasted and spiced, salads or as a great go to snack! Your FEEL GOOD senses will thank you for it!