THIS SEA VEGETABLE'S GOT ME LIKE...
This sea vegetable is super low calorie, tasty, and chock full of good minerals. Roasted seaweed is a great stand-alone snack for anytime. If you like chips, pretzels, or anything salty and crispy, roasted seaweed (aka laver or "gim", in Korean) is an awesome substitute - no preservatives, fully organic, vegan, and gluten-free). It is waaaay healthier than many of the salty foods you find in the snack aisle and it's only 5 calories per sheet! It's also a great side for meals served with rice. Growing up, I had this every day as part of dinner and often with breakfast and lunch, too. My kids love it!
The health benefits are undeniable (keep reading for a listing). And you don't have to make it from scratch! (although you can - when I was little, my mom and I used to roast our own on the weekends). My Simple Recipes blog page is all about simplicity and ease, not about reinventing the cooking wheel... You can get them fully prepared and roasted in large sheets (about 6"x8") and cut them down to small squares or you can buy them pre-cut in snack size packs. Pack them in the diaper bag for an easy on-the-road snack or use them to wrap rice in during meals - fair warning, they can be crumbly... A simple Korean meal for my family would include rice wrapped in roasted seaweed squares, a side vegetable (or kim-chee) and fish or chicken. Simple. Nutritious. Filling. Delicious.
Top health benefits of roasted seaweed:
1. High in potassium - helps to lower blood pressure, and lowers risk of stroke and heart disease.
2. Vitamin B12 - supports healthy nervous system and brain function.
3. Iodine - this mineral is essential for proper thyroid function and good metabolism.
4. Low-calorie and low fat food to support healthy weight and lifestyle.
You can find it in the international foods aisle in many supermarkets or on amazon.
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