Due to the depletion of land soils, the importance of sea vegetables is growing. These superfoods are packed with minerals, trace elements, vitamin A and B, and enzymes. Seaweed boosts thyroid function and even reduces susceptibility to radiation by drawing radioactive material from the body. When dried, this valuable food source stores well and is a good item to have on-hand to boost the nutritional content of your foods.
Both of my kids are big fans of sea vegetables. My daughter enjoys sprinkling either kelp powder or a mixture of red dulse, black laver, and green sea lettuce flakes on soups, salads, and almost everything she eats. Both kids enjoy wakame, either in salads or miso soup. Nori is a hit with many kiddos, either in small pieces or in rolls. Because nori expands when wet, exercise caution in giving large pieces to a baby or young child.
We primarily buy from Maine Coast Sea Vegetables because they monitor for their products for toxins and they sell raw nori (most nori is toasted).
Here is a recipe for a simple raw wakame salad:
- 1 cup dried wakame (soaked in warm water for 15 minutes then rinsed)
- 1/2 cucumber, diced
- 1 tomato, diced
- 2 green onions or chives, diced
- sprinkle of sesame oil (either unrefined or toasted)
Soak wakame in water for 15 minutes and then rinse it with water and toss it with sesame oil. Add vegetables and toss again. This salad will keep in the refrigerator for several days.