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You’ve been eating watermelons WRONG

Hint: the secret is in the seeds.

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s important more than ever to stay hydrated. Watermelon, which is 96% water, is the ultimate refreshment. With its fruity taste, it both quenches our thirst and satisfies our cravings. And at just 24 calories per serving, watermelon can be served as a healthy snack on those hot summer days. Talk about a superfood!

However, many watermelon lovers make the mistake of either deseeding the fruit or buying a seedless variety. Little do they know that the small black seeds are packed with important nutrients. They contain vitamins A, B and C as well as calcium, iron, magnesium and unsaturated fatty acids.

If you want to eat the seeds the next time you crack open a watermelon, just make sure you consume enough of them. This makes them easier to digest and allows your body to absorb all their nutrients.

If you don’t like the taste of watermelon seeds, you can also grind them into a powder and toss them into a smoothie. For this, you only have to wash the seeds then grate them with a mortar. 

Did you know that you can use watermelon seeds as a substitute for pumpkin seeds in homemade bread? Just give those seeds a quick washing before adding them to your batter, and you’re ready to go.

 

Hungry? Check out our recipes for Juicer-free Cucumber-Watermelon Energy Drink and Simply Summery Watermelon "Cake".

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VIDEO: Fresh Mango Salad

Dive into summer with this fresh, light and healthy mango salad!

INGREDIENTS

  • Peanuts
  • Carrot
  • Mango
  • Rocket
  • 2 limes
  • Olive oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Red onion, minced
  • Salt
  • Pepper

 

METHOD

  1. Lightly sautée the peanuts until golden.
  2. Take the carrots and cut into thin slices.
  3. Peel the mango and slice into thin strips.
  4. Squeeze the juice from 2 limes into a bowl, and add olive oil, soy sauce, minced onion, salt and pepper.
  5. In a bowl, toss together the mango, carrot, rocket, and lime-soy dressing.
  6. Enjoy!

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