Winter squash not only burst with flavor, but it’s also packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. All varieties of winter squash are true nutritional super foods. Just a ½ cup serving delivers 100% of your daily vitamin A requirement, a mega dose of antioxidants, and only 37 calories.
While raw squash is a delicious addition to soups, smoothies and juices, the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) uses the seeds for an extra serving of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Guests love our savory Pumpkin Seed Crackers, which are easy to make at home.
Dehydrated Pumpkin Seed Crackers
Yield: 12 1-ounce servings
1 cup soaked pumpkin seeds, rinsed
½ cup soaked sesame seeds, rinsed
½ chopped red bell pepper
½ cup chopped yellow onion
½ chopped firm tomato
¾ cup chopped zucchini
¼ sprig fresh basil
¼ tbsp. dried oregano
¼ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tbsp. tomato powder
Place half of the pumpkin seeds and half of the sesame seeds in mixing bowl. Blend remaining seeds in Vitamix with vegetables, herbs and spices until mixture is smooth. Add mixture to mixing bowl with whole seeds and stir well with spatula. Spoon onto dehydrator trays in ½ inch tall clumps; do not flatten. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for two days, turning crackers over after the first day.
Savor nutrient-rich squash dishes, dehydrated crackers, and other delicious raw, live, organic plant-based meals during a stay at the Optimum Health Institute.