Sea Veggies are very nutritious. They are full of minerals which our diets are seriously lacking in. The list of nutrients and benefits of sea vegetable is long. Here’s a short list of nutrients: iodine, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin A, B vitamins, and vitamin K. Here’s a short list of benefits: supports the thyroid, maintains healthy bowels, detoxifies the body of heavy metals, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. For some more information read this post on the Body Ecology website, or check out David Wolfe’s book Superfoods.
My nutritionist warned me to be cautious with seaweed because it is suspected to cause autoimmune issues. I did stop using sea vegetables for a while upon this advisement despite my reluctance to give up such a nutritious food. From what I’ve been hearing, it’s only an issue if one has too much iodine in their system due to a particular thyroid issue. It is possible to get a blood test to check the iodine levels. Since I don’t have any major thyroid issues, I’m going to try sea vegetables again. If it bothers me, I’ll stop. If it doesn’t, then I’m getting some awesome benefits! Obtaining iodine from food is highly beneficial for most people. Do make sure to get quality seaweed.
Trying to improve one’s health on a low-income requires resourcefulness and adventurousness. Eat the super foods! Trying to eat two to three cups of veggies in a sitting is ideal, but not always practical. By adding in some sea vegetables, the nutrient intake is greatly increased.
If you have children, try introducing the super foods as soon as possible. To adults, the idea of eating these “odd” foods can be horrifying. Strangely, these foods were once a part of a traditional diet that kept people in good health. Kids are more open to new foods. I tested this out by offering my small nephews some hijiki salad. They loved it and wanted seconds!
Cucumber, Radish & Arame Salad
Here’s my version of this recipe from Whole Foods Market. I’ve made it AIP friendly by changing a few ingredients and added some other ingredients for taste. Skip the maple syrup if you are on a strict AIP.
1 cup (1/2 ounce) dried arame seaweed
3 large organic cucumbers, halved & sliced thin
10 radishes quartered
5 T apple cider vinegar (or other fruit based vinegar-check ingredients for added sugar)
4 T coconut aminos
5 t maple syrup
7 t extra virgin olive oil
2 T black and/or white sesame seeds (omit for strict AIP)
Soak arame for 5 minutes, then drain and rinse. Sprinkle cucumbers with salt and let sit for 10 minutes. Add arame to boiling water for 10 minutes. Then, rinse in cold water and drain. Toast sesame seeds in a covered dry pan on low until the seeds start to crackle and have a toasty aroma. Allow seeds to cool. Rinse and drain the cucumbers. Throw all ingredients except sesame seeds in a bowl together and toss. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 min. Give the bowl a good shake, then test the flavor. The dressing dilutes as the water releases from the cucumbers. It may need more vinegar, aminos, syrup, or salt added– to taste. Serve with sesame seeds sprinkled over the top.