Dec 5, 2011

sea veggies. YUM

I grew up eating sea vegetables. Dulse is a favorite snack food on the island where I grew up. I crave it so much and only get to eat it a few times a year now. I stock up on it when i go hoe and my suitcase stinks like seaweed for days when I get back!

Sea vegetables (seaweed) are considered to be a superfood. They are an excellent source for vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other elements needed to maintain a healthy body, especially for vegetarians & vegans who do not get their daily requirements from animal products.

Sea vegetables are very low in calories and are practically fat-free. They can help prevent or alleviate many common ailments and diseases, and are even being researched in the fight against cancer. They also can protect against the effects of radiation and help remove radioactive substances from the body.

Some of the many reasons sea veggies are so good for you:

Calcium -Vegans do not consume dairy products but can easily bridge the calcium gap with seaweeds, many of which are very high in calcium. The wakame variety provides up to 63mg of calcium per half cup.

Protein -You might be surprised to learn that sea vegetables can contain a significant amount of protein. Nori, often referred to as a food of longevity in Japan, contains as much protein as soybeans!

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's) -Many sea vegetables can provide a significant amount of EFA's. Dulse has a healthy balance of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids.

Iodine -Iodine is needed for healthy thyroid function. An excellent source of iodine is Kelp.

Vitamin C -Nori, Kombu and Dulse all contain significant amounts of vitamin C. It is said that Nori has twice the vitamin C as the same amount of tangerines.

These are just a few of the many benefits of provided by sea vegetables. Below are some easy ways to incorporate them into your diet.

Dulse- is great toasted to a crisp or eaten raw as a snack. Use it as a topping on salads, soups or noodles & pastas.

Nori- is the seaweed wrap used in making sushi rolls. It's great eaten on its own as a snack, chopped up and sprinkled over stir-frys or toasted and wrapped around rice.

Wakame- the dried variety will turn soft and leafy when rehydrated. It makes for an excellent addition to miso soup or crumbled up and used as a seasoning.

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