We typically find ourselves searching for help in the detox department AFTER the unavoidable holiday sugar rush: cookies, cheese plates, and calorie laden cocktails are hard to pass up when you’re feeling the holiday cheer. Don’t beat yourself up and bask in the indulgence of ‘the most wonderful time of the year’; but, instead of waiting until you wake up from your holiday food coma to start detoxing your system, combat it simultaneously and be proactive! When you know you’re attending a holiday party later in the day, enjoy this pink elixir the day of.
health benefits of pumpkin seeds
When I discovered all of the beauty beaming benefits of the pumpkin seed, I was literally running to the nearest grocery store to stock up. I have now successfully found a way to include them in almost everything I consume, and now you can too with this ‘milk’ recipe. Pumpkin seeds are loaded with health boosting nutrients including magnesium, zinc, and plant based omega 3 fats. Magnesium is so important and many of us our lacking it. It is essential to digestion and ‘elimination’ (we often don’t want to talk about this subject, but it is essential to any detoxification). Magnesium also helps us to relax- a must during the stress of the holidays.
My next favorite benefit of the pumpkin seed is its zinc content. Many of us are deficient in this mineral and it is so important to consume, as the deficiencies are connected to colds and flus, acne breakouts, and fatigue-among other ailments. Since we are more likely to get run down during this time, from party hopping to holiday shopping-it is important to combat this with immunity boosting zinc.
Last, but certainly not least, omega 3s and their anti-inflammatory properties are so vital to our overall health and our skin, so these plant based fatty acids are sure to give you a boost as well. I also add raw beet not only to give the milk a beautiful shade of pink, but because these root vegetables boast immune boosting vitamin c, potassium, and some added fiber. The bottom line: this milk should be your new go to in the self-care department.
PINK PUMPKIN SEED ‘MILK’ (non-dairy)
1 cup raw shelled pumpkin seeds *
3 cups filtered water
1-2 pitted dates, or sweetener of your choice
pinch of sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 a raw beet, peeled and chopped*
dash of cinnamon (optional)
1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds for an added tartness and extra antioxidants (optional)
Soak your pumpkin seeds in water for a few hours to overnight. When you’re ready to make the milk, add soaked and drained pumpkin seeds to your high speed blender with all of the other ingredients. Blend until combined- you want to make sure it’s sufficiently blended so give it some time, don’t be hasty!
Finally, take your nut (or seed!) milk bag or cheese cloth and pour the mixture through the bag over a large receptacle of your choosing; I use a giant mixing bowl to ensure I don’t miss.
Pour the milk into a large jar and keep in the refrigerator for up to four days. Enjoy!
Pumpkin seeds are also called pepitas, make sure you get the raw green-hued seeds, not the pumpkin seeds you’d find while carving your halloween pumpkin.
You can enjoy the milk with or without the beet, both beet and plain varieties shown in photos.
How do you help your body recover after the holidays? Do you cook with pumpkin seeds? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below.
Adeline Waugh is the creator of Vibrant&Pure Wellness, a website and Instagram account which strives to exemplify the notion that healthy food never has to be boring. She is currently studying to become a certified holistic nutrition practitioner and loving the wealth of knowledge she gets to learn every day. Vibrant&Pure’s motto is, ‘Vibrantly beautiful meals with ingredients nothing less than pure’. Her goal is to show people that cutting out things that seem impossible to live without (i.e. wheat, dairy, and refined sugar) doesn’t have to mean deprivation. Connect with her on Vibrant&Pure, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.