What You Need to Know About Watermelon Seed Protein

When it comes to vegan sources of protein, there are plenty of options on the table. From pea protein to brown rice protein, plant-based protein powders are everywhere.

However, many of these sources draw criticism for being grainy in texture, which can make smoothies and protein shakes less than appetizing. Plus, peas and brown rice can sometimes cause digestive upset. A new plant-based protein is emerging on the market, and if you’re still looking for that perfect protein source, it’s something you should definitely consider. Introducing watermelon seed protein.

What is Watermelon Seed Protein?

If you’re one of those people who has been spitting out your watermelon seeds for decades, you may be in for a surprise. Those seeds are actually pretty nutritious, and a very good source of plant-based protein! In addition to that protein, they also contain vitamin C, magnesium and healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, just like most other nuts and seeds.

Furthermore, many plant-based proteins are made from grains and legumes, while watermelon seed protein is, of course, made from seeds. This makes it appropriate for anyone following a Paleo lifestyle (or anyone sensitive to grains and legumes) who still wants a vegan source of protein.

Now that the word is out about this quirky protein source, more and more companies have begun selling bars, protein powders and supplements containing the seeds of watermelons.

The Importance of Sprouting

However, this doesn’t mean you should eat watermelon seeds straight from the source. Like many seeds, watermelon seeds contain anti-nutrients, substances released by the seeds as a protective mechanism (essentially, things that are meant to deter you from eating them). These anti-nutrients can interfere with nutrient absorption.

To sprout your watermelon seeds, soak them overnight. Then leave them, allowing them to remain moist, for a few days until they begin to sprout. Then, dry then in the oven or in a dehydrator. The black shells should fall off when they’re ready to eat. Or you can buy them ready-made in bulk.

How to Use Watermelon Seed Protein

If you can get your hands on sprouted watermelon seeds, feel free to eat them straight from the bag! Otherwise, watermelon seed-based protein powders can be sprinkled in smoothies, added to desserts, or mixed with almond or coconut milk for a delicious protein-packed snack.

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Marie W
Marie Wabout a month ago

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Janis K
Janis K6 months ago

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Trish K
Trish K6 months ago

I like watermelon seeds fresh but I prefer papaya seeds for their flavor and benefits.

Leo C
Leo C6 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

Kathy G
Kathy G6 months ago

Thank you