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Holli Thompson is a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach. She has trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City , accredited by SUNY Purchase College, and is also certified by Cornell University. Holli is a Raw Food Chef, has attended the Natural Gourmet Cooking School and is skilled in the art of healthy gourmet cooking.

When she’s not working with clients and traveling to New York for her wellness events, Holli enjoys life on her Virginia farm and vineyard with her husband of over fifteen years and her son, age 9.

Recipe for Nori Chips: Sea Vegetable Healthy Snack

Nori Chips (Photo Credit: www.gluttonlife.com)

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…

Nori Chips

Ingredients:
-Flat nori sheets, not pre-toasted
-Toasted sesame oil
-Celtic sea salt

Instructions:
-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!

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