Think seaweed is only for the beach? Think again!!
Don’t be scared by the sea veggie. They are surprising tasty, easy to cook and extremely good for you. They have been around for thousands of years in the orient and contain more minerals than any other food source. Sea vegetables are an excellent source of iodine and vitamin K, a very good source of the B-vitamin folate, and magnesium, and a good source of iron and calcium. In addition, sea vegetables contain good amounts of lignans, plant compounds with cancer-protective properties.
Sea vegetables have the following benefits:
* Prevent aging and chronic disease.
* Lower cholesterol.
* Solve mineral deficiencies.
* Detoxify your body from heavy metals, environmental pollutants and carcinogens.
* Helps control the growth of pathogenic viruses, candida, and pathogenic bacteria.
* Balance thyroid function.
* Fight constipation.
If the only seaweed you’ve ever eaten is the nori wrapped around a sushi roll, then you’ll be excited to discover an abundant variety of sea vegetables!
Arame – works well with root veggies. Just soak for 5 minutes before you’re ready to use
Dulse – Unique spice-like nutty flavor, mild in taste. Great in salads. Linked with cholesterol reduction
Nori– best known as the seaweed used to wrap sushi. Can add it to soups and rice dishes. Ready to use as sold.
Wakame – sweet flavor and you can actually use in sandwiches instead of lettuce. Soak for 5 minutes
Hijiki – Black, firm nutritionally rich but strong in flavor. Soak for 20 minutes then rinse. A little goes a long way
Kelp – Available in powder or tablet. Great salt substitute.
Kombu – used for centuries as a flavor enhancer and food tenderizer
My favorite seaweed snack I am absolutely LOVING is the Annie’s Seaweed Snacks. They come in Wasabi or Sesame and are a great new snack alternative that is delicious and healthy!.