When you hear the word “seaweed”, an image of a day at the beach ruined by slimy plants sticking to your body may come to mind (at least, it does for me). But what most people don’t realize is how nutritious and healthy this weed, also known as Nori, is! Sure, it may not be the most pleasant thing to play with in the ocean, but seaweed should start becoming a regular at your meals – especially for expecting moms!
Scientists have found out that seaweed has an extreme abundance of minerals ranging from folic acid to magnesium to pantothenic acid; great for preventing anemia, aiding in the fetus’ development and fighting acne. It’s low in calories, high in fiber and has a salty taste to kick those cravings to the curb. Get a feel for seaweed with this delicious recipe below!
Savory Seaweed Chips
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a bowl combine 1/4 coconut oil, sprinkle of salt & pepper, 1 clove garlic chopped, small handful sesame seeds and whisk. Cut 8 sheets raw Nori into strips and dip in water to soften. Place on lined sheet pan in even rows (don’t be alarmed if the seaweed starts to shrink!) and drizzle oil mixture over chips. Bake 12-15 minutes, flipping once. Allow the chips to cool and enjoy!
Baked chips are just one thing to make with seaweed. Pop the plant into a soup, stir it into a pasta dish, create a seaweed salad, or combine it with your regular vegetables for a new side dish. I hear the sea calling your name, so go out and get weeding!
Written by: Leana Varvella