The incredible plants from the sea often referred to as seaweed, have increased somewhat in popularity over the past several years due to health trends such as the Macrobiotic diet.
People wanting to feel and look better, lose weight and have more energy are looking for alternative foods that satisfy that category and they don’t come better then this!
Nutrient dense sea vegetables contain vitamin A, D, E, B1, B2, vitamin C, phosphorous, potassium, plenty of calcium, iron, iodine, fiber, sodium and small amounts of protein (the potassium is responsible for the salty flavor BTW and not the sodium as many people think!)
The regular consumption of these food in reasonable quantities, helps to give you beautiful hair and skin, stabilize blood sugar levels, cleanse the intestinal tract, purify and alkalize the blood, cleanse the lymphatic system, re-balance hormones and help bind and remove heavy metals from the system.
The Organic Food and café has a big selection of sea vegetables that come dry in packets. The first time I went to buy them, I spent about half an hour staring at shelves full of products with Japanese names, confused as to which one I should try! Based on your taste preferences, I would suggest Wakame, Agar, Nori and Arame for a milder flavor. If you enjoy a stronger taste Kombu and Dulse for example will be better for you.
How do we cook sea vegetables? They are great in salads, stews and soups such as Miso.
Most of them are just soaked in water until they soften and then thrown into salads. The water they are soaked in can be used for cooking too as its full of nutrients. If you want to use them in soups or stews, you can throw them in dry and they will soften as they cook.
Click on this link for more in depth information on each individual type of sea vegetable and get some inspiration from the listed recipes: