In a stroke of subtle brilliance, SuperSeedz has combined three of the world’s greatest flavors and textures into one fantastic–and healthy–treat. For decades we’ve eaten chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate-covered popcorn, chocolate-covered nuts. I mean seriously, people cover crickets in chocolate. Why did pumpkin seeds not come to mind prior to now?
The texture: crisp and crunchy. Light, like shards of potato chips, but with a lingering chewiness.
The flavor: Imagine chocolate covered coffee beans without the bitter aftertaste, sorta in between chocolate-covered nuts and light-roasted coffee.
But here is the kicker: they are good for you. Like, crazy-good. Better than their nutrient-dead peers of popcorn or pretzels. I wouldn’t be true to my nutrition roots if I didn’t offer up the caveat that pumpkin seeds are best eaten raw and sprouted to maximize the nutrients and their bioavailability. That being said, these dry roasted, chocolate-covered babies are packing some serious goodness.
In just 1/4 cup you will get nearly half of your recommended daily amount of magnesium (heart health, energy metabolism, bone and tooth formation, and bowel function), more than half of your daily value of manganese (essential mineral, which means it’s necessary for proper functioning of the human body), 15% of your DV of zinc (essential trace mineral that strengthens the immune system), and 10% DV of iron. I have included the nutrition facts label so you may see the complete list of nutrients. I also want to highlight that pumpkin seeds are a protein powerhouse. One serving contains 7 grams of protein (your daily requirement is probably between 40 and 50 grams). It’s very challenging to find so much protein in such a small quantity of anything, so these guys are definitely overachievers! Last but not least, this product wins high marks for serving up only 3 grams of sugar per serving. As most things in life are a balancing act, I think that the quantity of nutrients and flavor more than compensate for the 3 grams of sugar per serving. Personally, I’m a fan of non-processed sugar, and these use “Organic Sugar”, but we make trade-offs, right?
We purchased the 5-ounce package to try. They did not last long. Much like their popcorn/pretzel peers, you cannot stop once you start eating them. But for the most part, you can eat them guilt-free.
We purchased them at Whole Foods Market, and they were surprisingly affordable (compared to other pumpkin seed products) at $4.49. Granted, you probably can’t afford to buy dozens of bags of them, but given the nutrient-rich content, you won’t have to. If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself reaching for this snack over the other choices in your pantry.
Of note: we only tried the Coco Joe seeds, but Superseedz also produces eight other flavors including Curious Curry and Cinnamon & Sugar. Needless to say, we will be trying those forthwith.