Don’t throw out those watermelon seeds! There are some healthy ways to use them.

Updated: Jul 9


By ALEXIS ROCHESTER


We are right in the middle of watermelon season and you might have watermelon seeds coming out of your ears, but guess what?


Those seeds are actually incredible for your health. Each seed is jam-packed with things like protein, healthy fats, magnesium and potassium. Read the complete breakdown here.

With ingredients like this, the seeds can strengthen your immune system. They are good for your heart, digestion, brain health and energy.


With so many health benefits, save those black watermelon seeds and do something fun with them. Here are our favorite things to do:

Roast Them


You can save watermelon seeds and roast them like you do pumpkin seeds! We have a simple recipe to follow here.


Roasted watermelon seeds are delicious as a snack or you can add them into salads for a nice crunch.

Watermelon Seed Tea


Watermelon seed tea is a great way to cleanse your body and get all those amazing benefits from the seeds.


Here is a simple way to make it:


Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp fresh watermelon seeds

  • 8 cups of water

Directions:


1. Crush or grind the watermelon seeds. A food processor or spice grinder works great.

2. Add water and the seeds to a pot. Cook on high for about 10 minutes.

3. Strain the seeds and drink!

4. You can add this tea to other drinks or even use it in this collagen tea drink too.

You can also buy watermelon seed tea. There is a loose-leaf option we love!

Add to Smoothies


Grind up some watermelon seeds until it is a powder (I like to use a spice grinder), then add them to smoothies. It is great for added protein, fat, energy, and all those great minerals. I like to add about 1 tbsp. per smoothie.

Take as a Supplement


You can buy it as a supplement for multiple uses. Our blog post shares our favorite ones to try!


So, next time you get a watermelon, make sure you save those seeds!


Alexis Rochester is an investigative chemist, blogger and founder of Chemistry Cachet. She shares science-based skin care, cleaning, gardening and health tips. She was diagnosed with RA at age 10, so she has a passion for pain management tips and research, along with sharing her journey through this disease. When she’s not writing for Chemistry Cachet, she is taking Pilates or Barre classes, and also received her Barre teaching certification this year! She grew up in Stephenville and recently moved back with her daughter, husband and bulldog. You can find her posting pictures and fun stories daily on Instagram. Also look for Chemistry Cachet on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn.