We were all told to eat our greens as a child, and we probably all had the same reaction – to roll our eyes in exasperation while eyeing up the dripping chocolate ice cream being handed out of the ice cream van.
Fast forward a few years and now many of those in the sustainable wellness industry are amplifying that parental sentiment – and the difference is it’s being well-heeded! More of us are embracing access to fresh greens, wholegrains – and appreciating how they can improve our lives and help combat illnesses and complications associated with obesity. So why seaweed, and how can we use it to help us on the path to health righteousness?
It’s a rich source of nutrients: touted as the “new kale”, seaweed – being light on empty calories and heavy on nutrition, comes with an array of superfood benefits. In many cultures, particularly those with a coastline, seaweed is an essential staple and a great source of iodine, as well as vitamin A, C and the B’s, not to mention calcium, magnesium, fibre and those feared-but-should-be-revered good fats (all in moderation of course!)
Seaweed is sustainable! It’s super easy to farm given that nature does most of the heavy lifting. Plus, it grows rapidly (some varieties can gain up to 10 inches in a single day!) and in abundance (reaching anywhere between 20 to 100 feet in length.) This aside, seaweed consumes barely any natural resources – so it’s kind to mother nature!
How can I use it?
Kelp: Enjoy in a meal as a healthy noodle substitute. Add a little pesto and a pile of sautéed veggies and top with fish, chicken or tofu for a healthy, nourishing dinner option. Just be sure to rinse the kelp well before using (it tends to be packaged in salty water.)
Dulse: Available in dried, powdered form – dulse makes a great addition to meals simply sprinkled onto salads or used in marinades. Looking for an easy way to inject some greens into your morning routine? Why not sprinkle onto eggs or into your smoothie?
Nori: You know those slightly crisp, teal coloured sheets that form the outside of your sushi? That’s nori – but it has many uses! It makes a great, healthy rice or salad topper or can be enjoyed in a veggie and seeds bed for poultry or a succulent salmon fillet. Just remember a little goes a long way in terms of taste so start off with a light touch and see how you get along.
Keep your eyes peeled for Seaweed thins in our next Myvitamins Snackbox!