By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist
Seaweeds are some of the most nutritionally complete foods on the planet, researchers at Bastyr University said in a statement. They’re high in potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, iodine, and selenium. Some seaweeds, such as nori, are also rich in B vitamins, including vitamin B12. Seaweeds also contain omega-3 fatty acids.
Here are some suggested ways for using seaweed in your diet:
- Crush dried nori, which usually comes in sheets, and sprinkle it on eggs, pasta, fish, and soups.
- Use dulse as a salt substitute in soups and stews.
- Eat seaweed with sushi, tofu, miso soup, salads, vegetable stews and stir-fries, and plates of greens.
- Add spirulina or blue/green algae to your green smoothies or fruit smoothies.
- Try kale with hijiki in a soy-garlic-ginger sauce. I’ve tried this. It’s tasty.
To learn about the different types of seaweed, see “Seaweed: Jewels of the Sea.”