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Summer after summer of gloriously juicy watermelon has made you a true pro at spitting out watermelon seeds, but listen up: It’s time to stop tossing them away because they’re actually yummy and amazingly good for you.

What makes watermelon seeds so healthy? Just like any seed or nut, watermelon seeds are packed with nutrients and with protein. In fact, they have more protein (about 10 grams per one ounce) and fewer carbs than your other favorite power snack, almonds. 

How do I prepare them? While, no, a melon won’t grow in your tummy if you swallow the seeds, the benefits of eating watermelon seeds come once they’re sprouted, shelled and dried. Sounds like a lot of work, right? Well, yeah, kinda. But good news: You can buy sprouted watermelon seeds at a health foods store or online.

OK, now how do I eat them? Once you have your bag of sprouted watermelon seeds, the world is your watermelon rind. Have them for breakfast in your yogurt, oatmeal or granola (they taste kind of like sunflower seeds). Snack on them after you roast them in olive oil and sea salt. Sprinkle them over a salad for some extra crunch. And for all you smoothie heads out there, blend them into a powder to add a major protein pump. The possibilities are endless. Too bad summer isn’t, though.

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