Hey friends! Autumn is slowly creeping its way into my life, whether I continue with my pursuit for an endless Summer or not. So, rather than protest the impending cold air and shorter days, I’m trying to just surrender to all the wonderful things that come with this season. The changing foliage, the cozy scarves, and yes- this keto apple pie spiced pumpkin seeds recipe! Fyi, my sandals are yet to take their seasonal hibernation. Fight me, Fall.
Anyways, here’s when you thought you were getting a simple recipe and I get all vulnerable you. If you’re just here for the recipe goods, feel free to skip to the bottom of this post.
While nutrition and healthy food are super important to me, I will never classify myself as a food blogger because that’s not what Blonde Beet Nirvana’s really about. This blog is about the whollle enchilada, pun intended. Creating a healthy lifestyle is about so much more than simply what we put into our mouths. I love blogging about new recipes (duh), but I hope you’ll always get more than that from following along with me.
So, let’s continue, shall we?
For almost as long as I can remember back into my early teens, I’ve struggled a bit with seasonal depression, or clinically categorized as “Seasonal Affective Disorder”. I see a therapist still every couple months mostly for my general anxiety, but this always seems to creep up in conversation around this time of the year.
I can’t really pinpoint why I get a little blue when we hit that Fall equinox. Maybe it’s a bit physiological– a reduction of that happy Vitamin D that seems so readily available in Spring and Summer.
Or my favorite more morbid philosophical theory– that I can’t quite come to grips that everything in the outside world is about to slowly die. It’s about to get really cold. The stark sky becomes a persistent grey and is lined with skinny, naked trees. The worst part for me is probably that the last glimpses of light begin to fade even before 5 pm. Sigh…
Sounds like a creepy movie, right? I’m guessing all of these reasons are why we stick Halloween right up in the mix of this season.
What I’ve come to realize in my efforts to wrap my mind around my “seasonal whomp whomps” is this:
One, I try focus on all of the beauty that comes with this new season. Play around with new Fall recipes– like these awesome keto apple pie spiced pumpkin seeds! Go do something you couldn’t enjoy during Summer. I’m a big fan of making my daily dog walks a meditative practice. Even if it only lasts for a few short weeks, the changing colors of the trees is really a spectacular sight to see. I challenge myself to put my phone down and take stock of every single thing I can notice in the outside world. Doing so helps me cultivate better appreciation for all the tiny simple pleasures. There are SO many when we keep our eyes open. (p.s. I’m not a Doc so if you really are struggling emotionally, please reach out to a provider that can better assist you!)
Two, I remind myself contrast is often necessary. My approach to life and my motto for BlondeBeetNirvana.com is to “create a life in color”. A critical piece for fulfilling this concept is finding gratitude for the days that don’t look exactly how we envision them. The days that aren’t bold and bright. The grey ones, the cold ones, the kinda just downright shitty ones. These days are important too, even if it seems easier if they never crossed our paths. It’s typically in the negative space or the contrast that the most beautiful paintings take shape. Life isn’t much different!
Bottom line: Make the effort to find the happiness that exists in the NOW.
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A few notes about pumpkin seeds. Besides being really tasty, there’s a lot of good nutrition that comes with these lil’ guys. They are rich in antioxidants, particularly magnesium, zinc, copper, Vitamin K, and iron. Pumpkin seeds also have a decent about of essential fatty acids and folate! You can read more about their health benefits here.
Something I’ve only just recently discovered– there is a growing number of women that utilize seeds, including pumpkin seeds, to regulate their monthly cycle! Wait, what? (Here’s where I direct you to my medical disclaimer at the bottom. I’m not a doctor. Just super interested in health and wellness.)
Yeah. This caught me totally by surprise. I am yet to explore this concept but if you’re interested in reading about “seed cycling”, check this out.
Anyways, I’m really trying to get myself psyched for Fall. So playing around with Autumn fragrances and recipes is kinda my thing right now. These Keto Apple Pie Spiced Pumpkin Seeds are so stinkin’ easy. In fact, I’ll even show you a little cheat method to quicken the process.
If you wanna do the real shabang and make an event out of it, buy a pumpkin. Cut the top off. Take out all the guts, pulling the seeds from the muck. Wash the seeds in water and leave out overnight to dry. Feel free to carve your pumpkin and really go big with this.
But if you wanna “cheat” (and this isn’t the kinda cheating you feel badly about), buy these raw still-in-their-shell pumpkin seeds. You can also click on the image below to see where I buy them. Major time and mess saver if you’re just looking for a snack and not the “experience”, per se.
Both options work. Both taste great. Both have the same final result: Keto Apple Pie Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
Apple Pie Spice (this stuff is so yummy!)
Golden Monkfruit Sugar (no glycemic impact, zero calories, good antioxidants)
MCT Oil or Refined Coconut Oil (or Unrefined if you don’t mind the coconut taste)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Pour seeds into a bowl. Lightly coat with MCT oil or melted coconut oil. Pour approximately 2 tbs both the apple pie spice and the golden monkfruit sugar into another bowl and stir so evenly combined. Dump seeds into the spice/monkfruit sugar bowl. Thoroughly cover the seeds with the mixture. Lay seeds on a nonstick baking sheet pan or cover a sheet with aluminum foil first.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes, tossing them over after about 10 minutes.
Let cool and enjoy!
To embracing the beauty and contrast of each season… and creating a #LifeInColor,
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