There's so much more to seaweed than what gets wrapped around your leg when you go paddling at the beach. It's low in calories, low in fat and absolutely packed with essential nutrients to give you that healthy glow.
What are the health benefits of seaweed?
Seaweed is a natural source of calcium, copper and iron. It's an all-vegetarian source of protein and is full of fibre, which gives your digestive system a helping hand and reduces bloating. It's also packed with healing vitamin K, as well as folic acid, which helps to develop healthy red blood cells.
One of the biggest health benefits of seaweed is that it's really high in iodine, a nutrient missing from most foods. Iodine is essential for keeping thyroids (which are in charge of hormones) healthy. Most table salt is enriched with iodine, so if you're cutting back you can get your iodine fix from seaweed or by taking our Enhance Me supplement. Alongside iodine, this nutrient-boosting formula is packed with iron, flaxseed oil and B vitamins to nourish you from the inside out.
What are some of the different kinds of seaweed?
There are more than 10,000 different types of seaweed in the world, but in the UK we only eat a few varieties. You've probably already come across Japanese nori, which is dried in sheets and used to wrap maki and temaki sushi rolls. Dulse, arame, wakami, kelp and spirulina are some of other varieties you might spot in your local health food shop.
What are some easy (and yummy) ways to add seaweed to my diet?
The strong, savoury and smoky flavour of seaweed makes it a fantastic side dish, but there are other ways to sneak it into your weekly meal plan:
- Make your own sushi rolls. Spread a dollop of cooked brown rice on a sheet of nori and top with some avocado and smoked salmon. Roll it gently (it helps if you own a sushi mat) and cut it into slices.
- Make a 'DLT' sandwich. Dulse's smoky flavour makes it a great bacon substitute. Pan fry until crispy, then pop it between two slices of seeded bread with a slice of vine-ripened tomato, some lettuce and a smear of Greek yoghurt.
- Make a superfood salad with avocado, cucumber, kale and wakame. Dress it with a splash of sesame oil and add some toasted sesame seeds to the top for extra crunch.