Hi guys! Hope you’re having a great day 😀
(Does anyone else buy themselves flowers? I do every week.. unless the pilot beats me to it. It makes the casa feel extra lovely)
I got the following reader’s request a couple of days ago and thought it would be a fun one for today 🙂
I have no idea what to do with seaweed and sea vegetables even though I know they’re very healthy. They just seem intimidating! I would love to be able to make a seaweed salad and maybe learn more about what to do with sea vegetables.
About a year and a half ago, I would have no clue what to do with any of this:
Thank goodness I went to culinary school– it helped me get over a lot of my food preparation fears, particularly fermenting foods and sea vegetables.
In the above photo are some of my current faves:
- Arame, a kelp species. This is probably my favorite because it doesn’t require chopping and has an awesome texture
- Nori, a type of red algae and is commonly used for sushi wrappers
- Dulse, red seaweed- AMAZING in salads and has an delicious super salty flavor
- Alaria, a type of brown algae- this one is super chewy and takes much longer to soak
- Spirulina (more info *here* – it’s one of my fave supplements for complete protein and nutrients) and
- Irish Moss, a dark purple seaweed, also called “carrageen moss”. It gives a great gelatin-like texture to raw foods and is great for custards, puddings and raw cashew tofu.
There are a lot of benefits from sea vegetables, including:
- They’re highly bioavailable, which means that their nutrients are almost immediately absorbed into the bloodstream
- They’re great sources of iodine, magnesium, vitamin K, calcium, folate, and tryptophan (which can help us to sleep better)
- The nutrients in sea vegetables can prevent birth defects and cardiovascular disease
- The magnesium can help prevent headaches and reduce asthma symptoms
- Reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart attack
- Reduce the body’s inflammatory response
- Provide relief from menopausal symptoms
Here are some of the things you can use sea vegetables for:
Spirulina in smoothies, green juices and even breakfast cookies:
Soaked seaweed as a garnish:
Dulse as a salty salad mix-in:
Nori to wrap sushi:
and all of your faves in a seaweed salad.
Super Easy Seaweed Salad
-1 C sea vegetables of choice, soaked (check soaking times as they vary.. I usually let them soak for an hour or so and don’t soak nori—it gets slimy), rinsed and strained
-1/2 T rice wine vinegar
-1 t sesame oil
-1 t Nama Shoyu
-1/2 T extra virgin olive oil
-pinch each of garlic, cayenne, Stevia
-juice of 1/2 lime (totally optional- I like some lime in there)
In a bowl, whisk the liquid everything except the sea veggies.
Add the sea veggies to the bowl, toss to coat and adjust seasonings as necessary.
Feel free to add in: sliced scallions, julienned carrots or bell pepper
Garnish with sesame seeds and feast 😀
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I hope ya’ll enjoyed this post and that maybe it encouraged some of you to give sea veggies a try 😀
Have you had sea vegetables before? What’s your fave way to use them??
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Have a wonderful GLEE day! <3