Today, in addition to it being the perfect season to forage, which I mentioned in my previous post - I want to encourage you to save your melon seeds - and EAT them. You can roast the seeds in olive oil and sea salt, crunch on them raw, but for ease - I simply throw the "insides" of melon in to my smoothie.
Here are four good reasons to add cantaloupe seeds into your diet.
1. Rich source of fiber, and as Americans we are notoriously low on fiber, which is critical for gut and colon health.
2. Rich in protein - a whopping 21% protein according to "World Applied Sciences Journal".
3. It is also reported that cantaloupe seeds can help remove excess mucous and phlegm from the system...and hey, it's a season of higher than usual pollen counts and allergies produce excess phlegm in the body - go for it, right!?
4.Rich in vitamins and minerals - cantaloupe is loaded with vitamins A, C, E, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
Ready to give it a try, and forage? In the image above you can see what I added to this morning's delicious Arbonne Protein Boost based smoothie (pure - aka ZERO trace heavy metals, vegan, non-soy protein containing only 3 ingredients - yellow pea, brown rice and cranberry). Well, a bit more than what is on the plate, but the photo shows what I harvest from my yard - dandelion leaves, wood sorrel (that faux clover kids love to pick), beet leaves from the garden, and half the loot from inside a cantaloupe. The canteloupe "guts" add sweetness, and you can visit this page for the entire recipe. My children uptake all kinds of nutrients when they have at least one smoothie incorporated into their day.
A good blender will turn the seeds into "nothingness" and you won't even notice they are there. I am loving my new Vitamix, but the good ol' Ninja IQ blender would have done just as well.
Not convinced? Think of it this way...how do plants begin...from the seed, right? Seeds bring life to our earth. They ARE LIFE. Live food is what heals our bodies best.
Cheers to your health - may you be well, and if not, feed it well and trust in its natural healing process!