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Collagen Boosting Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipes

Collagen Boosting Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipes

Fall is here and it's time to carve our Halloween pumpkins for the porch - but don't throw out those precious seeds! They're your new favorite beauty secret.

Did you know that pumpkin seeds have many benefits and are an amazing source of zinc.  Zinc acts like a helper for your body to create collagen; and so pumpkin seeds are one of the best food sources you can add to your diet - they will give your body a head start for producing collagen.

As you can see, we're big fans of pumpkin seeds. Learn how to make your own roasted pumpkin seeds with these three delicious and nutritious recipes: cinnamon-sugar, turmeric, and smoky, spiced BBQ. 


Cinnamon-Sugar Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees and place oven rack on center position
  2. As the oven heats, heat butter in the microwave in 20-second intervals until it's fully melted
  3. In a small bowl, toss pumpkin seeds in melted butter to coat them
  4. Toss pumpkin seeds with cinnamon and sugar to coat them
  5. Spread the seeds out on a parchment-lined baking sheet
  6. Roast the seeds for 25 to 27 minutes, or until lightly golden


Turmeric Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon oil (we used extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce (we used sriracha)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees and place oven rack on center position
  2. In a medium bowl toss turmeric, sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  3. Toss oil and hot sauce into the medium bowl and add to the powder mixture
  4. Toss in pumpkin seeds until they mixture has coated completely
  5. Spread the seeds out on a baking sheet
  6. Roast the seeds for 5 to 8 minutes, or until lightly golden - and if the turmeric color makes it hard to see the golden color just roast until slightly plump

Smoky, Spiced BBQ Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oil (we used extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon light brown sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 300F degrees and place oven rack on center position
  2. In a small bowl, toss onion powder, garlic powder, mustard, smoked paprika, cayenne, salt and brown sugar
  3. Place the seeds in a separate medium bowl and toss in 1/2 teaspoon of the oil
  4. Toss pumpkin seeds with approximately 3/4 of the spice mixture
  5. Spread the seeds on a parchment lined sheet pan
  6. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes or until brown and crunchy, tossing half way through
  7. Immediately upon removing from the oven, toss another 1/2 teaspoon oil to coat the seeds
  8. Toss the seeds with the remaining 1/4 spice mixture.

Use these delicious roasted pumpkin seeds to sprinkle on your salads or as a standalone snack.  The seeds will stay fresh in an airtight container for about 10 days. Do you think  you might just carve up a whole patch worth of pumpkins? Go ahead, do it, and roast all of the seeds - you can freeze them and you'll have collagen boosting beauty snacks for seasons to come! 

Do you have a favorite roasted pumpkin seed recipe?  Let us know in the comments below!

Join VitaCup at Fit Expo San Diego 2018

Join VitaCup at Fit Expo San Diego 2018

Want to meet VitaCup in person? If you live in San Diego, you might be in luck!

VitaCup will be at Fit Expo SD 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center the last weekend in October. This family-friendly event unites thousands of fitness enthusiasts. Attendees can meet fitness celebrities, discover new health and wellness products and services, have access to free fitness classes, cooking demos, witness live fitness competitions, and meet members of the VitaCup team while sampling our latest products!

Fit Expo SD will be held:

  • Saturday, October 27 - 10am - 6pm
  • Sunday, October 28 - 10am - 5pm

You can find us towards to the center of the floor at booth 811.

If you are a fitness fan, or if you just want to find out a little more about what VitaCup is all about, print out this coupon to save $5 off your entry fee! 

EXTRA BONUS - We will have some great deals for attendees who want to purchase VitaCup at the event!

Check out Fit Expo's Website Here!

No Scary Mornings Contest

No Scary Mornings Contest

Shorter fall days does not have to mean that scary mornings are on their way.  Not with the help of VitaCup. Our text to win sweepstakes lets you enter to win a prize worth over $300 to help you tap into your innate superpowers and fight off morning frights. 

Text BOO to 64600 to enter the "No Scary Mornings Contest!" 

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What could make this giveaway sweeter? Giving away FIVE Grand Prizes! 

Each winner will receive:

  • TWO 16 ct. boxes of Beauty Blend ($50 value)
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  • ONE 16 ct. box of Gourmet House Blend ($25 value)
  • ONE 16 ct. box of Green Tea ($25 value)
  • ONE VitaCup Brewer ($100 value)
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  • ONE VitaCup Baseball Hat ($20 value)
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Text BOO to 64600 to NOW to enter! 

Contest Terms:

Must be 18 years or older to enter. Message and data rates may apply. By signing up you agree to receive up to 6 messages per month with exclusive VitaCup SMS offers, announcements, and contests. You agree to the terms and conditions and privacy policy as found on VitaCup.com. You may opt out of messages at any time but must be active at the time of the contest drawing to qualify. The "No Scary Mornings" contest ends at 10 AM Pacific Standard Time on October 21, 2018 and winners will be selected at random. Winners will be alerted to the phone number provided with their text entry. One entry per person. No purchase necessary. 

Update - Contest Winners

Congratulations to our FIVE lucky contest winners

  1. Cliff Y. of Cross Lanes, WV
  2. Dina L. of Lanoka Harbor, NJ
  3. Jo G. of Veerdersburg, IN
  4. Amanda W. of Canton, GA
  5. Michelle G. of Portland, TN - and happy birthday, Michelle!