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Are Watermelon Seeds Edible And Healthy?

watermelon_with_seedsWe know that watermelons provide some great nutritional and health benefits. In fact, National Geographic lists their top five reasons to chomp down on watermelon as follows:

  1. Soothes sore muscles
  2. It helps heart health
  3. Could reduce male impotence…
  4. Many vitamins and minerals; few calories
  5. Could fight cancer

But what about the seeds? Most of us are accustomed to either spitting out the seeds or removing them before consumption. Alternatively, there are many seedless watermelon options available for purchase. But by cutting the seeds out of the equation, are we selling our watermelon experience short?

Yes.

Not only are watermelon seeds edible, their packed with nutritional benefits. Loaded with heart-healthy fats, these seeds are rich in minerals including iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorous and copper. Moreover, a one ounce serving has a respectable 8 grams of protein. The only downside to watermelon seeds is that they’re relatively high in calories. But with just a slice or two of watermelon, it won’t be a problem.

I’m not sure who started the watermelon spitting rule, but now is a good time to break tradition. Next time you opt for watermelon, treat yourself to the seeds. Just make sure that you chew them to ensure nutrient absorption.

When it comes to watermelon seeds, don’t spit. Swallow.

 

 

What Are Superfoods?

What are superfoods? And what makes superfoods so super? It’s a question that I get a lot – and so I went to find some answers.

Check out the video below. And scroll down for the delicious Goji Glow Energy Bite recipe.

Recipe: Goji-Glow Energy Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almonds, soaked
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds, soaked
  • 1/3 cup dates, figs, raisins or apricots
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon spirulina
  • 1/2 cup goji berries
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs

Directions:

Soak almonds and pumpkin seeds for at least 6 hours. Drain and rinse well. Place them in a food processor and process until finely ground. Add dates, cacao and spirulina – and then process into a thick, sticky dough. Add goji berries and pulse some more. Remove from food processor and place into a large bowl. Use your hands to mush and mingle the hemp seeds and cacao nibs. Roll into 1/2 – 1 inch bites. Dust them in some fun stuff like hemp seeds, sesame seeds, goji powder, camu powder, coconut flakes, ground nuts, cacao powder or cacao nibs. Chill for an hour. Freeze any extras.