Whether you’re a football lover or not, you’re surely aware that this Sunday it’s all about getting that pigskin into the end zone. And if you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, or you’ve offered to bring a snack to someone else’s party, you know the norm: potato chips and processed dip (with some frightening ingredients). But it doesn’t have to be that way! Instead of serving the same boring old stuff, why not blow everybody away with your Super Bowl snacks? Break tradition and make something healthy and delicious instead: spicy toasted pumpkin seeds.
Pumpkin seeds contain lots of minerals, including magnesium, potassium and iron, and are high in fiber, so they’re a healthy snack. They’re popular in many cultures; in Mexico, spicy toasted pumpkin seeds are called pepitas, and have a lot in common with the simple recipe below. The pumpkin seeds release their nutty flavor into the oil when you toast them, while the ancho chili powder and cayenne pepper add a spicy bite. (They also create an irresistible scent throughout your home, which will surprise your guests!)
So impress your Super Bowl guests—or fellow football fans—with this pumpkin seed recipe, or make a batch to keep around as a healthy snack. They’re great in a bowl all on their own, on top of a salad, or sprinkled over your half-time chili.
No matter which team you’re rooting for this year, this delicious snack with help you enjoy the game, foodie style.