Cinnamon Sesame Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

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With my new book, Osteoblasts to the Rescue, I had my chef and nutritionist friends email me their favorite bone-building, kid-friendly recipes.  If you purchase the book from Amazon or me, they can send me their receipt and I will email them the pdf ebook.


1 cups pumpkin seeds

1 tablespoon agave nectar

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon sesame seeds

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon sea salt



1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients; gently toss to coat. Transfer pumpkin

seeds to a baking sheet.

3. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown; stirring occasionally.

4. Remove from oven; set aside for 10 minutes to cool.

5. Serve alone as a snack or as a topping for salads and whole grain recipes


Makes 4 servings

Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP


A little bit more about Dr. Heather:

Dr. Heather Manley, who in 2001 received her medical degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, is a practicing physician whose primary interest is preventative healthcare for families. She is the author of the award winning Human Body Detectives, her children’s educational adventure series of story-telling books, eBooks, and iPhone/iPad apps. She also promotes wellness and naturopathic healthcare on her website She lives on the Big Island of Hawaii with her husband and two daughters, and is currently at work on the next Human Body Detectives adventure.


Merrin and Pearl are at it again! This time these two young Human Body Detectives are exploring the skeletal system.

With the ability to jump in and examine the various systems in the body, Merrin and Pearl’s adventures are fun stories and helpful tools to educate children.

In Osteoblasts to the Rescue, Merrin and Pearl navigate their friend, Lily’s, broken arm and learn all about bones.

As the fourth in The Human Body Detectives series, Osteoblasts to the Rescue can also stand alone as a book that’s sure to inform, engage, and inspire readers of all ages.

We do have the gift of going into other people’s bodies to help them feel better, but being a Human Body Detective is a big responsibility and no one seems to need help right now, Merrin thought.

They landed on a hard smooth surface. Happily, they were still together. As their eyes opened, Pearl looked around and Merrin gasped, “Pearl, where are we?

Pearl leaned over to Merrin and felt along her spine. Merrin shivered a bit. “Those bones you feel when I touch your back are the spinal processes.”

“We need to get to Lily’s left arm, the one that is broken. I want to see the break and understand how the body will fix it. We might be in for a journey, Merrin! Most of the vertebrae have these spinal processes and if we climb up toward her head, we’ll find Lily’s left clavicle, which will lead us to her left arm.”

Oh my, Merrin thought.

Merrin realized Pearl’s shoelace was untied and bellowed out, “Pearl slow down and tie your shoelace!” But she was too late. Pearl tripped and then… She tumbled.

She landed on her stomach, her feet dangling off the rib.

They both looked up and noticed the sternum bone was completely vertical. They would need rock climbing gear tohave any chance of getting to the top

They both looked at each other and wondered if they were brave enough to do it. Who knew where they would land, let alone if they fell off the bone?

At that moment, osteoblasts came storming out from everywhere! They were all over the place. Merrin and Pearl tried to jump out of their way, but the osteoblasts were on a mission and didn’t even notice them.

“Well, I hope Lily is eating enough foods with calcium and

phosphorus. Actually, what food does she need to eat to get more of these nutrients?” Merrin asked.

More About the Skeletal System goes into more depth of the skeletal system.

Pearl was intrigued by the skeletal system. She learned some fun

facts along the way and wanted to share them with you.

did you know that… “osteo” is the Greek word for bone?

The Human Body Detectives know that the bones are living and need

exercise as much as the heart does. Along with a healthy diet, physical

activity is crucial for strong bones.

The Human Body Detectives love a great case, but they also love a

funny joke! Here are some of Merrin and Pearl’s favorites!


What do you call a skeleton who doesn’t like to get up in the morning?

Lazy Bones.

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