“Waste not, want not,” was what my mother always said and in the case of watermelon, it’s very true. You probably spit out the seeds of watermelon or look for the seedless variety, but when you do that, you’re missing the most nutritious part of the melon.
That’s right; the seeds are super little treasure troves of nutrients that hold the keys to good health.
Grind and Boil The Seeds to Make A Tea
Even though the seeds provide extra fiber that could help nutrition, you can digest them. In fact, people with colitis, diverticulitis or IBS may find they can create a flare-up of the disease.
But you can get huge benefits without any risk if you grind the seeds in a blender at least enough to crack the shell and then boil them to leach the nutrients out for tea.
What To Do:
What leaches out into the tea are antioxidants, iron, manganese, calcium and vitamins A, B and C. There are also polyunsaturated and monosaturated fats in watermelon seeds.
Watermelon tea adds extra fluids to your dietary intake, which is also helpful. It’s easy to make.
- Grind four tablespoons of seeds either in a blender or a spice grinder ( at least enough to crack the shell ).
- Put the contents in a tea ball or simply add it to one and a half liters of water and strain it after it boils for 15 minutes.
- You can drink it immediately alone or with a bit of honey sweetened to taste.
- Any leftover tea should be stored in the refrigerator to drink throughout the day.
- Just like watermelon juice, the tea made from watermelon seeds acts as a natural diuretic, helping to reduce swelling and improving overall health.
- The nutrients the tea contains lowers blood pressure, while also flushes the kidneys and promotes urinary tract health.
- If you have high blood pressure, the seed tea can help you lower it without medication. Of course, always consult your health care specialist before trying any home remedy.
Drinking watermelon sea tea isn’t the only way to get all the benefits from the seeds.
Grind the seeds finely and add them to your favorite recipe to increase the nutritional value and add extra fiber to your diet.
Not only are you maximizing the use of the watermelon, but you’re also getting nutrients from the seeds that you’d otherwise throw out.