“Zinc is essential for immune health and stress management, particularly in our fast-paced urban lifestyles,” says Fiske. And pumpkin seeds are chock full of it! Symptoms of a zinc deficiency include loss of appetite, irritability and depression. So a handful of pumpkin seeds now and then isn't a bad idea.
To de-stress: Toss a quarter cup in a salad for some extra crunch…and to keep your zinc reserve high. You can also try roasting the seeds and tossing them with olive oil and a sprinkle with salt for a satisfying snack.