Your Complete Guide To Why Dry Roasted Snacks Matter
What you’ll find inside this bag: A reason why dry roasted snacks matter, and how these pumpkin seeds fit the bill for most dietary preferences.
We’re starting to see a shift in the way we snack.
Consumers are becoming more aware that being conscious of what’s going into their processed food products is important.
Companies are using healthier ingredients, trans fats are becoming banned, sugar is being minimized, and there’s a push to create snacks and processed foods that keep up with satiety, sustainability, and dietary restrictions.
Dry roasted snacks, oil-free, simple ingredients, whole-food based, derived from the earth, locally sourced, and with minimal processing is what we want and what we look for in our healthy packaged foods.
We want packaged foods that simply get it, and that fall into a category that supports all different types of needs.
THE 4 CATEGORIES OF PROCESSED FOODS
It’s no surprise that highly processed food is starting to pop up in medical journals as prospectively being associated with illness and disease. This makes us concerned about our health and longevity, and we’re beginning to research, read labels, and understand what food ingredients to look for, and what to avoid when it comes to processed foods.
When it comes to processed food, there are 4 levels of classification, and some packaged foods can really help your body feel amazing.
UNPROCESSED FOODS, which comes directly from earth to mouth, think fruits, veggies and meat.
MINIMALLY PROCESSED FOODS, which contain ingredients that are whole-food based and go through minimal processing to get to your table. Think dry roasted snacks, whole grains, and packaged food that contains simple ingredients.
PROCESSED FOODS & PROCESSED CULINARY INGREDIENTS, which go through a higher level of processing, but don’t necessarily contain artificial ingredients, although additives may be included in this category.
ULTRA-PROCESSED FOOD AND DRINKS, which most likely contain non-foods, artificial ingredients, flavours and colours, shelf-stabilizers, high amounts of sugar and/ or fortifications to increase the nutritional value of the food.
The big issue is that ultra-processed foods are highly palatable, incredibly affordable and stocked in nearly every vending machine across the world.
Our access to these nutrition-less foods are at an all-time high, and this is exactly why we are looking for snacks like Skuta that are dry roasted, minimally processed that adhere to specific diets that we know help maintain health and longevity.
Snacks that are simple, diet friendly, easy for kids to eat, help us feel full and maintain weight loss, and full of flavour.
THE RISE OF DRY ROASTED SNACKS
The health and wellness industry is multi-trillion dollar industry with healthy eating, nutrition and weight loss topping the charts at a 650 billion annual income.
Let’s just say that healthy snacks, healthy food and what we are putting into our bodies matters, and it matters big time!
So, it’s no wonder that we are starting to look for snacks that fit the dry roasted category, the healthy category, and the category that is nutrient dense, filling and keeps our bodies fueled.
And, at Skuta we really get this!
It was vital for our pumpkin seeds to not only taste delicious and unique but having them dry roasted, but a roast master was one of our top priorities.
Being a minimally processed snack that’s geared towards most dietary preferences, our roasted pumpkin seeds are one of the healthiest snack options out there.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RAW, DRY ROASTED AND COOKED WITH OIL & WHY IT MATTERS
Pumpkin seeds, whether raw or dry roasted are incredibly nutrient dense.
Pumpkin seeds are loaded with minerals like magnesium and zinc, they contain a great deal of fiber, protein and healthy fats, they are a delicious low-carb snack, and are really high in iron and Vitamin K.
A brain food, an energy producing food, and Skuta’s dry roasted flavours are also an incredibly delicious fare.
But one question that often pops up is what’s best: raw, dry roasted or cooked with oil?
We can tell you that eating raw and dry roasted pumpkin seeds are going to be much better for you than nuts or seeds roasted with oils. That’s because the integrity of a seed tossed in oil drops when heated at high temperatures.
Oil roasted seeds have been loved over the years because they provide a nice deep flavour and hit that crunch factor.
But what if we told you that dry roasting seeds provide you with a much nicer nutritional profile, and that Skuta pumpkin seeds provide that rich flavour, and mega crunch factor, without all the unnecessary additives or oils.
Minimal nutrients are lost during the roasting process, and dry roasting can actually help to kill any potential harmful bacteria or mold, such as Salmonella, that some raw nuts can contain.
Skuta’s processing is carefully handled and cleaned, and the roasting is low and slow, to ensure those natural oils found in our pumpkin seeds are treated with the utmost respect.
We also ensure our seeds are packaged in a way that the oils don’t lose their integrity, creating an incredibly healthy, carefully processed snack.
We’ve spoken to Nutritionists, Jenni & Mirna from Naughty Nutrition, who say that both raw and dry roasted nuts and seeds are beneficial for a healthy and wholesome diet, however, raw nuts can lack flavour and they highly recommend sticking to a snack that you know is healthy, and that you won’t get bored of.
A HEALTHY SNACK FOR ALL DIETS
Not only are dry roasted pumpkin seeds an amazing and minimally processed option for when you’re on-the-go, a healthier option than oil roasted nuts, but they are one of the world’s best foods for adapting to most dietary preferences.
Let’s take a look at what kind of diets Skuta pumpkin seed snacks were made for:
Keto-friendly snack option
Pumpkin seeds are low enough in carbs that they can be thoroughly enjoyed if you are on a ketogenic diet. Our sea salt flavour is just naturally sweet enough that they make for the perfect replacement of sugary protein bars, or processed chips, and actually contain a load of nutrients that help balance blood sugars, and keep you feeling full.
Paleo-friendly snack option
Due to the fact that Skuta uses simple, whole-food based ingredients, and dry roasts the seeds, our pumpkin seed flavours can be enjoyed on a Paleolithic approach as well as keto. The contain maple sugar and onion powder, two ingredients that create an amazing depth of flavour with paleo-style foods.
Low-carb snack option
In the traditional flavour, Sea Salt, there are only 7 grams of carbohydrates per 1/3 of a cup of pumpkin seeds. This makes our pumpkin seed snacks an incredibly low-carb and diabetic friendly snack option. There is also a total of 1 gram of sugar per 1/3 cup of pumpkin seeds, being naturally sourced from the sugars found in the pumpkin seeds themselves.
No added sugars, low in carbs, and loaded with protein and fiber, keeping you feeling full and satisfied.
Healthy snack option for kids
This bite sized dry roasted snack option is perfect for kids, especially if you are trying to limit your kid’s intake of sugary snacks, or highly processed foods. Easily pour out 1/3 of a cup of pumpkin seeds for your kiddo and watch just how much they are going to love their new favourite pumpkin seed snacks.
Great family snack
Not only are these roasted pumpkin seeds great for little hands, but they are an incredibly healthy snack option for the whole family. Replace your nightly ice cream or chip habit and grab a small bowl full of Skuta’s Chili Maple Jango flavour and see just how easy it is to snack on something a lot healthier, a lot more nutrient dense and just as tasty.
Just check out all of the ways you can add Skuta’s pumpkin seeds to your diet by learning more about The Perfect On-The-Go Snack That’s Sending Protein Bars To The Curb.
There are so many ways you can take Skuta’s pumpkin seeds on-the-go with you. We’d love to see your favourite way to Skuta and don’t forget to tag us @skutapumpkin and use #snackskuta for a chance to be featured.