Many years ago when I wrote my first book,
I included a paragraph or two about sea vegetables and shared a fantasy of mine. That fantasy would be to witness sea vegetables being advertised on T.V. !
They have not quite reached ‘super stardom’ status yet but it is certainly heading in that direction.
Many health magazines and websites are filled with information about this wonderful food and for good reason. Food companies are now manufacturing all sorts of ‘seaweed snacks’ and you can even buy a seaweed pizza!
I have been using seaweeds for decades and always have some delicious tasting snacks with some seaweeds added. See recipe below.
Seaweeds break down and digest slowly compared to processed foods. Seaweeds are also nutrient dense, and loaded with minerals; (when your diet is rich in trace minerals you have less cravings).
Seaweeds contribute greatly to hormonal balance too. Research shows that seaweed speeds up weight loss by blocking fat intake and promotes fat burning. Alginate the natural fiber found in sea kelp blocks the body from absorbing fat far more effectively than anti-weight treatments currently sold over the counter.
A 2010 study by Newcastle University demonstrated what has been known for centuries in the Far East – Sea Vegetables are a powerful tool for weight loss as well as being amazing for your health.
Recipe - Seaweed Nut Crunch
¼ cup sesame oil
½ cup rice syrup
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup sesame seeds
6 sheets of nori seaweed, torn or cut into tiny pieces
1 tsp. shoyu
Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Pour oil and rice syrup in a large pan. Bring to a frothy boil and add sliced almonds, stir, and add sesame seeds and nori pieces. Sprinkle in shoyu. Continue stirring until everything is coated. Pour into one layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool and cut into slices. Bill and I enjoy these as a healthy snack with a cup of bancha tea.
In good health
Photo: Susan Placek