If you want a chewy snack, get pumpkin seeds.
They have many good items like copper, zinc, magnesium, protein and are power food. They also have free radical fighting agents and phytosterols for the health.
They have fibers so aid digestion and they have 1000 calories per 50 g.
No need to keep them in the fridge, they are snack to go!
THE BENEFITS OF PUMPKIN SEEDS
Mg for the heart– ¼ cup of these seeds is daily dose Mg for ATP energy molecules, synthesis of RNA and DNA, pumping of heart, teeth and bone health, energy, relaxing blood vessels, good bowels and more. Also pressure is better, no risk of cardiac arrests, strokes, attacks. In USA 80% people lack Mg.
Zinc for immunity– these seeds have zinc, and for 1 oz you get 2 mg of it. Zinc is for immunity, mood, sleep, smell, taste, skin and eye health, insulin and stamina in males. Deficit of it makes colds, flu, depression, fatigue, acne, low birth babies, bad memory. Soil affects these deficits, drugs or some plants.
Omega 3 of plants– raw seeds and nuts are for omega 3 sources. We all need the ALA alpha-linoleic acid, this is changed into omega 3 DHA and EPA enzymes for insulin. Also consider krill oil too.
Healthy prostate– they are great for men! Since they have zinc, they help the prostate. The oil and extract of the seeds cures benign prostaic hyperplasia BPH, large prostate. Studies said this oil and seeds make men healthy.
Diabetes– animal lab studies proved insulin regulation is good with these seeds and diabetics are safe from oxidation stress.
Postmenopausal benefits– the oil of the seeds has phytoestrogens and studies said it makes more good HDL cholesterol, lowers pressure, headaches, no flashes, no pain in joints and such
Heart and liver health– they have fibers, good fats and make these organs healthy when mixed with flaxseed.
Tryptophan for sleep– this item changes to serotonin and then to melatonin for sleep. Eat them with apple, before bed and sleep well.
Inflammation– they remove inflammation and a study proved that drugs like Indomethacin (arthritis drug) are worse and have side effects. These seeds do not.
BEST WAY TO CONSUME THEM
For all their benefits, eat them raw. If you get them of bulk bins, smell them first. Smell must not be rancid, stale, spoiled, musty otherwise it has mycotoxins. Organic seeds are free of pesticides and chemicals.
Also nuts and seeds have antinutrients like the phytic acid which makes them less useful before ingestion. For eating seeds, at least soak them and sprout them. For the taste, dehydrate them in oven and eat them. Purchase dehydrator like Excalibur that lasts over 2 decades. Or get it from Amazon.
For roasted seed taste, roast them but shortly and with low heat. They can be roasted with low heat like 170 F (75 degrees), sprinkled with Himalayan salt and heated just 20 min.