Suddenly, everyone is talking about the not-so-sexy underwater plant for its nutrient profile and skin-care benefits, even The New Yorker is calling it “a miracle food”. But here are the facts, cultures that have traditionally eaten seaweed-based diets are showing fewer instances of obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative diseases. Studies of large groups of people who eat seaweed and algae regularly tend to show that there are less incidences of breast cancer than those who eat more meats. For example women in Japan have a lower risk of breast cancer than women in the western countries.
“Seaweeds are amongst the most nutrient-dense plants on the planet, and as they have access to all the nutrients in the sea, they are an extremely rich source of minerals” explains Fiona Houston, CEO & founder of Scotland’s Mara Seaweed.
Knowing all of these benefits, it’s hard not to give it a try. Here are 4 simple ways to incorporate seaweed into your diet!
Surprise! The black paper-like sheet that holds your fish and rice together, called nori, is just one of the many types of edible seaweeds.
Seaweed chips are just sheets of dried and roasted seaweed cut and packaged like crackers. If the thought of eating seaweed when it doesn’t surround a sushi roll skeeves you out, don’t let it—these are delicious, savory, not at all fishy, and downright addicting.
This dish is for the more adventurous Epicurus cuisin-ite, but if you’re willing to give it a try you will discover how delicious it really is. The dish is served chilled and topped with a light dressing and toasted sesame seeds.
Chlorella seaweed is often found in powder form and is used for superfood smoothies like this Strawberry & Chlorella detox potion. Chlorella seaweed powder can be found in local supermarkets or specialty stores.
Try this super simple recipe at home!
-4 or 5 Strawberries
-1 Cup of rice, oats or almonds milk
-1 Chlorella teaspoon
-3 or 4 Raw almonds
- Soak the almonds in water for a few hours before.
- Cut the strawberries into pieces, add a pinch of sea salt and let it marinate for 20 minutes.
- Mix rice, almond or oats milk with almonds and strawberries with the beater.
- Add a teaspoon of chlorella and beat again.