Healthy Food Parts You Shouldn’t Throw Away

We’re only human and we’re drawn to habits. Habits like throwing things that we don’t think we have any use for. But since we love things healthy, we’re here to remind you that not all food parts should be thrown away because they could offer greater benefits even to the last shred. Another thing is that we hate wasting food, so repurposing these food parts or incorporating them into other dishes to bring a whole new flavor to the mix is a good thing. Plus the fact that we can enjoy all the vitamins and minerals down to the last drop of this fruit and vegetable.

Citrus Peel

Healthy Food Parts You Shouldn't Throw Away

We know how we are with fruit peelings. We peel them, then toss it out of the trash bin. But for citrus peelings, we found out that this shouldn’t be the case. Apparently, there are nutritional benefits hiding in the zest, other than the fruity goodness inside. Zests can have about five times more vitamin C, along with other essential vitamins and minerals like riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B5, vitamin A, calcium, potassium, iron, and more.

There’s a lot that you can do with citrus peels too, you can use it to garnish dishes and amp up the flavor. You can also add it to marinades, vinaigrettes, smoothies, and even blend to yogurt. If you’re a sweet tooth, you can turn them into marmalades or better, candy!

Broccoli Stalks

Healthy Food Parts You Shouldn't Throw Away

When you say broccoli, it’s all about that poofy head and not the stalks. But the thing is, even the stalk is healthy! It contains sulforaphane, a phytochemical antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties. It protects our DNA from damage and inhibits blood vessel formation.

You can add the stalks in salads or enjoy it with a dip like the rest of your broccoli. You can also steam them, roast them or add them to a soup. There are endless choices when it comes to using broccoli stalks, but don’t throw them away.

Watermelon Rinds and Seeds

Healthy Food Parts You Shouldn't Throw Away

We think that just because we eat the red insides, or sometimes shake it up into a smoothie or juice, that we’re getting all the nutrients in this wonderful fruit. The thing is, the rinds and seeds are also not worth tossing out. The rind contains amino acid citrulline, it helps improve circulation and increase blood flow, boost immunity and reduce muscle fatigue. Not only that, but it also has vitamin C and B6 too.

The best way to re-use these fruit parts is by roasting the seeds in the oven, toss it in olive oil and salt, and roast it at 350° for 10 minutes. You can add it to salads, or trail mix. For the rinds, you can always add it in your cooking, since it offers a nice sweet taste that can boost the flavor of your dishes. For something a lot simpler, just add it to a fruit salad mix!

Pineapple Core

Healthy Food Parts You Shouldn't Throw Away

Let’s face it, nobody really eats the pineapple core because it’s hard to chew and there’s barely any taste of the glorious actual pineapple. However, the core is actually healthy and it is packed with vitamins and minerals that has bromelain, and anti-inflammatory properties. It even helps with sinus inflammations, mitigates arthritis and muscle pain. Surprisingly, it even has anticoagulant properties, which basically means it breaks down blood clot for a potential cancer-fighting effect.

You can always blend the pineapple cores into smoothies, or cut them into cubes and simply add to a water or tea for infusion. It can also be added to marinades or yogurt.

Celery Leaves

Healthy Food Parts You Shouldn't Throw Away

Celery is all about the stalks, and never the leaves. But just like the rest of the things in this article, even the leaves can be healthy. Yet, we throw it away. The leaves are actually high in magnesium, calcium, and vitamin C. So, why should we throw it away?

While celery stalks are good in salads, the leaves are too. You can also use it as a vegetable stock or a garnish.

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  • My kid actually loves eating the pineapple core so we don’t throw it away. I’m not sure why she likes it though. But I think it’s best to leave the cores for the kids that have better metabolism than someone who’s in their 30’s to 40’s. I read somewhere that it’s not easily digested compared to the fleshy part.

    • Edna Badillo says:

      I read that somewhere too but I’ve been eating the core for years now, I’m ony my 30’s and I’m able to digest it well.

  • Blanche Martina says:

    We like using orange peels and lemon peels as air fresheners. It’s either we put them in little mesh bags and let them hang in our closets and rooms or we boil them and let it simmer until it makes the entire kitchen smell citrusy and fresh. It’s the best way to freshen up your home. It’s all natural too without the CFC’s from aerosol cans. It’s safe for the entire family and the environment as well. Whenever we feel like having bundt cakes, I zest them into the batter and viola, zesty cake!

    • Mildred Davis says:

      I do that too. You can also pour essential oils in them. But it defeats the purpose of consuming it for the health benefits.

  • Ani Hoker says:

    I don’t really mind eating the stalks of broccoli. They taste the same and if it offers vitamins too, then I’d gladly consume them. But one thing on this list that I do mind eating are the watermelon rinds. They taste weird compared to the actual fruit.?

  • Britni Baynes says:

    Interesting post. I usually throw these things away except for the citrus peels.

  • Lancy Stanford says:

    Is there a way to soften the pineapple core? I’m not a fan of the hardness, despite the nutrients it has.

    • I’ve been wondering about that too. Have you tried boiling it? The same way you try to make it into a jam.

  • Ana Selena says:

    I’m just wondering if the watermelon seeds that can be bought in the supermarket have the same nutritional value as the fresh ones? My husband and I love munching those and if it has the same health benefits as the fresh one, that’s going to be so cool.

  • Brooke Froberg says:

    I love celery! Haven’t thought of eating the leaves though. But it is better not to waste any healthy stuff that’s in it.❤️

  • Honey Smith says:

    It seems okay to add these to dishes. Especially if it’s healthy to eat them. Everybody could use an extra boost of vitamins.

  • The citrus peels are very useful. Especially the zest. It makes every salad taste amazing.

  • I’m a fan of making the citrus peels into candies. They taste good and they’re very easy to do. Marmalades are also nice. The kids love it in their sandwiches.

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