Rich in vitamins, minerals and high levels of antioxidants, ocean vegetables or sea vegetables are some of the healthiest foods on the planet. New and exciting findings indicate that ocean algae can reduce our rate of fat absorption by 75%, thanks to a digestive enzyme called lipase. Now that’s what I call BIG news!
Sea vegetables are also high in iodine, a much needed mineral that most Americans are deficient in, and necessary for thyroid and hormone production. As an added plus, they are also very low in calories.
Nori, a sea vegetable, is a Japanese word for seaweed. Nori is commonly known as the wrapper for sushi, and we love it that way, but did you know it’s also one of the ocean vegetables highest in protein? It offers lots of fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin C and essential B12. But it’s not just for sushi anymore.
Nori can be toasted as a snack (see recipe), rolled as sushi, or use nori wrappers to roll a slice of avocado, and assorted veggies and lettuces. I love Nori sheets cut into skinny strips to garnish a caesar salad; a treat for vegans who love the taste but not the anchovy. Here is a great recipe to eat nori as a snack…
-Flat nori sheets, not pre-toasted
-Toasted sesame oil
-Celtic sea salt
-Preheat oven to 400 degrees
-Brush nori sheets on both sides with sesame oil and lay flat on baking sheets
-Sprinkle sea salt on the nori sheets
-Bake for 10 minutes or so until crispy
-Separate into skinny strips with a pizza cutter or gently break apart.
WARNING: highly addictive!