71. Cantaloupe Seeds
Their Hidden Powers: These seeds are usually the first to go when you crack open a melon, but they’re high in protein, fiber, vitamin E, and magnesium, says Bonci.
How to Eat Them: Roast them in the oven and toss with olive oil for a nutrient-packed snack.
62. Onion Skins
Their Hidden Powers: These flaky exteriors are high in quercetin, a compound that can help lower your blood pressure and support a healthy immune system, says Bonci.
How to Eat Them: Add them to a stew or broth for extra flavor, then pick them out before serving.
53. Watermelon Rinds
Their Hidden Powers: These rinds contain the amino acid citrulline, which can help improve your blood flow, says Bonci.
How to Eat Them: Throw them in a quality blender with watermelon flesh (the red part you normally eat), strawberries, and a dash of orange juice for a refreshing smoothie.
44. Broccoli Leaves
Their Hidden Powers: These leafy greens are a triple threat with high levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium, says Bonci.
How to Eat Them: Cut them up and throw them into a stir-fry along with the rest of the broccoli.
35. Celery Tops
Their Hidden Powers: They’re super flavorful and full of muscle-building magnesium, bone-strengthening calcium, and vitamin C, says Bonci.
How to Eat Them: Use them like an herb and add to a vegetable or chicken soup.
26. Orange Peels
Their Hidden Powers: You already knew they smell fantastic, but they’re also rich in digestive system-soothing fiber and immune-boosting vitamin C, says Bonci.
How to Eat Them: Use a cheese grater to sprinkle some on top of fish or chicken.
17. Swiss Chard Stalks
Their Hidden Powers: Their vibrant, reddish-purple color signals that they’re high in carotenoids, which act as disease-fighting antioxidants. They’re also full of Vitamin K, an important nutrient for boosting bone health, says Bonci.
How to Eat Them: Sauté them with mushrooms and onions for a tasty side dish.