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The Ocean's Forgotten Superfood

The superfood of the ocean is also an ocean “veggie” with a tidal wave of benefits. Seaweed comes in many forms of algae or marine plants that grow in water. Most freshwater algae are toxic, whereas many marine plants are not only safe to eat but have fabulous benefits! For sushi fans, this is great news. For everyone else, there are other ways to eat this vibrant plant! Let seaweed be your new seafood of choice!

Top 10 Benefits of Eating Seaweed

  1. Loaded with Vitamins and Minerals
  2. Boosts Heart Health
  3. Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  4. Supports Digestion and Gut Health
  5. Full of Antioxidants
  6. Dense Nutrients
  7. Regulates Hormones
  8. Supports Thyroid Function
  9. Aids in Weightloss
  10. Improves Blood Sugar

 

How to Eat It?

While rumor suggests that some seaweed varieties taste like bacon… I still can’t get a straight answer on which variety! Seaweed, just looking at it, seems intimidating, but it really isn’t! There are many ways to enjoy seaweed (even if it isn’t a vegan bacon alternative)! Here are some of the most popular:

  1. Nori- most commonly known for wrapping sushi, however it can be eaten plain as a healthy snacking alternative.
  2. Spirulina- as one of the oldest life forms on Earth, it is known as the world’s first superfood and one of the most nutrient-rich foods on earth! It's also a freshwater seaweed (they're not all toxic!) It’s a great source of natural protein so try using the powdered form in smoothies or your pre/post workout drinks!
  3. Kombu- an edible kelp that can be bought dried, in pieces, or in a powder. You can add it to any savory liquid-based food: stocks, soups or stews!
  4. Seaweed Flakes- you can find these flakes in health food stores or Asian markets are can be incorporated liberally to most any meal as a seasoning or garnish!
  5. Powdered- Try mixing powdered seaweed into salad dressings!
  6. Wakame- Mix together wakame and arame to make a beautiful seaweed salad. Add veggies, and an oil-based dressing!

 

Final Thoughts

Try one of these ways (maybe more if you’re feeling adventurous!) to incorporate seaweed into your diet! Comment below with your thoughts or how you incorporate seaweed into your diet already!  

 

 

References: 

https://www.nutrex-hawaii.com/blogs/learn/what-exactly-is-spirulina

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1924637/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-seaweed#section8

https://www.integrativenutrition.com/blog/2015/11/7-ways-to-eat-more-seaweed-and-why-you-should

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2006/apr/15/healthandwellbeing.features

https://wellnessmama.com/130117/seaweed-benefits/

 

 


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