Maybe you’ve heard about sea vegetables, or even tried miso soup or seaweed salad at a sushi restaurant. Eating seaweed can definitely be a bit scary at first, but you’ll see how easy it is to add them into your diet! You can find seaweed at health food stores (usually in the Asian section) or some Asian grocery stores.
Sea Vegetable Varieties:
- Agar Agar
Why Eat Sea Vegetables:
- packed with nutrients and chlorophyll
- can help to reduce blood cholesterol, improve digestion, strengthen teeth and bones (from Integrative Nutrition)
- they have a salty flavor from a balanced combination of sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and other trace minerals (from Whole Foods Market Guide to Sea Veggies)
How to Eat Sea Vegetables:
- Miso Soup: If you are a fan of miso soup, you should really make your own! It is as easy as combining water, miso and wakame flakes!
- Salads: Combine different varieties, toss with sesame oil, touch of agave and sesame seeds. Or top salads with toasted nori strips.
- Stir-Frys: Soak sea vegetable and add to saute.
- Nori: Roasted and eaten as a snack, in sushi, used as a flavorful condiment.
- Kombu: Add to beans when cooking to help make them more digestible.
- Recipes to Try: Wakame Seaweed Salad, Rock Shrimp Poke with Ginger, Soy Sauce and Hijiki, Wakame and Cucumber Salad