If you haven’t tried eating seaweed, then you don’t know what you are missing! Seaweed has a wonderful unique flavor, and can be enjoyed many different ways besides in sushi. This nutrition packed power food is excellent for weight loss. At only 12 calories an ounce, and zero fat, you can eat extra everyday with seaweed and still feel your clothes getting looser!
There are many different varieties of seaweed to choose from. The most common is nori, which is normally in sheet form used for sushi. I love sushi, but I have learned many other ways to enjoy eating this fantastic vegetable, which we will get into a little later. For now, you should also know, you can purchase seaweed in shakers as small flakes, powder form, and also tablet form.
Which ever way you choose to consume your seaweed, you will be amazed at all of the nutritional benefits this edible ocean plant contains! Calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc, along with vitamins B1,B2,B6, niacin, Vitamin C, and folic acid are just naming a few. Plus, seaweed is exceptionally rich in iodine. Our body needs iodine for normal thyroid function, thyroid hormones, metabolism function to help convert food into energy.
I have to admit, in the past when I sat and watched the ocean, or swam in the ocean, I never thought of eating the plants growing in it! Sounds pretty weird huh? Well, it’s not weird, it’s smart! And Fun!
I think most people think of seaweed with sushi. That’s right, seaweed plays a big part in sushi, but seaweed can be prepared in numerous ways. Lets check out some ideas for this exciting plant we are going to eat!
Seaweed makes a beautiful decoration for your plate and provides great variety and color to any meal. When preparing, check the seaweed package to see if it should be soaked for a few minutes before eating. Good news is, seaweed requires no cooking!
Now lets make some homemade sushi rolls using sheets of nori seaweed. You can use any type of fish or seafood, add a small amount of avocado, and a cucumber and roll together! Or make a vegetable roll with any of your favorite vegetables.
Try slicing some seaweed into small strips and toss on top of your salad for extra nutrition and flavor. When making a low fat vegetable soup, add some seaweed and spices for variety. Your guests will love the added flavor.
Seaweed is great in an omelet with a small amount of low fat yogurt. For lunch, try using seaweed in place of lettuce for a change of pace! And now for a snack, crumble up some seaweed and toss into some hot air popped popcorn! Your popcorn will be popping with flavor!
Go ahead and start adding seaweed to your diet and not only will you be benefiting from all the nutrients, but you will be on your way to meeting your weight loss goal! Have fun experimenting and enjoying seaweed as one of your new power foods!
The Power Blast!
Calories: Kelp, raw one ounce 12 calories
Vitamin C: .8 mg
Calcium: 47 mg
Potassium: 24.9 mg
Sodium: 65 mg
Saturated Fat: 0