Sea Vegetables – Health Benefits and Culinary Uses
Does the sound of sea vegetables make you cringe?
Worse yet, seaweed? Does it bring to mind thoughts of slimy, fishy and unappetizing fare? Let’s face it, you probably aren’t dying to try it out. Well, don’t be so quick to dismiss this unexplored culinary delicacy. You might be missing out on a whole world of intricate and earthy flavors. So delight your senses, and let me introduce you to a unique and wonderful adventure in eating.
The fact is, sea vegetables are worth their weight in gold where nutrition is concerned, and if prepared properly, they are worthy of a place in your repertoire of the most delectable, enthralling foods. Not to mention – when served at a dinner party they can be a great conversation topic!
Sea vegetables are, pound for pound, one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are rich in trace minerals including iodine, iron and zinc, fatty acids, vitamins (including Bs) and protein. Seaweeds are also high in vanadium, a lesser known mineral that appears to play a multifaceted role in regulation of carbohydrate metabolism and blood sugar. Some sea vegetables bind heavy metals in the body and have been used as a detoxifier after radiation exposure. They have anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, and act as an antioxidant. Some current research studies are even examining sea vegetables as anti-cancer foods. You only need a small amount in your diet each day to receive these benefits.
Come to my next sea vegetables class at New Leaf Market to find out more and sample some sea plant creations: http://thekitchengoddess.com/upcoming-classes-and-events/
Here is one of my favorite healthy sea-vegetable recipes.
It is simple to make and requires very few ingredients. Careful though – it is addictive!
1 package Dulse and/or Laver leaves (not flakes)
1 tbsp extra virgin, unrefined coconut oil
Toss sea veggie leaves in coconut oil (may need to be warmed to liquify). Place leaves in single layer on pan in toaster oven for about 8-12 minutes on 250F, checking often so as not to burn! Test for desired crunchiness. Store in air tight container to preserve for days.