How to (and why you should) Incorporate Sea Vegetables Into Your Diet!

By Alana Schachtel 
 
Native Foods Cafe
 
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Many of us don't commonly eat sea vegetables, give or take the occasional veggie sushi roll. It's understandable, they're often fishy tasting and not as readily available as normal veggies. However, there are easy ways to eliminate the fishy taste and actually make them taste good! I have started doing so after reading about their many nutrients and antioxidant properties. They are rich in iron but also contain high levels of vitamin C, which allows the body to absorb and use the iron.  Below are some of my favorite ways of enjoying sea vegetables.
 
Roasted and Lightly Salted Seaweed Snacks
 
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These are so tasty and light.  They are perfect for midnight snacking, when you aren't really hungry but you want something salty.  In on package of Jayone seaweed snacks there are 30 calories, 2 grams of fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1 gram of fiber, 8%DV vitamin A, 20%DV vitamin C, and 2%DV iron.  What a perfect light, delicious, and nutritious snack!
 
Arame
 
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You can easily prepare a delicious seaweed salad by combining 
1 cup arame (soak it in water for 5 minutes and the drain)
2 teaspoons sesame oil (or oil of your choice)
lemon juice to taste
ginger to taste
sesame seeds(however many you would like)
shredded carrots and cucumbers (however many you would like)
 
Simply put all ingredients in a bowl and serve!
 
In 1 cup of arame there are 60 calories, 20% daily value of vitamin A, 20% daily value of calcium, 8% daily value of iron.  Arame (among other sea vegetables) is a great and rare source of iodine.  Iodine is especially necessary for healthy thyroid function.
 
 
Kelp Noodles
 
Before you get scared let me promise you that kelp noodles have absolutely no fishy taste!  They are a wonderful substitute for pasta if you are trying to eat lighter or are gluten free.  I love making them in a stir fry with veggies and tofu as pictured above. They are also great in soups (especially miso!)  
 
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In one packet of Sea Tangle kelp noodles there are 18 calories, 30% daly value of vitamin C, and 8% daily value of iron. 
 

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